We recently reported that Microsoft is hard at work on a number of small feature updates for Windows 11 version 22H2. Microsoft has already released the first “Moment” update, which includes features such as File Explorer tabs and is internally called “Moment”.
Microsoft is hard at work on an additional ‘Moment’ update, codenamed ‘Moment 2’, that will add new features to Windows 11 version 22H2 as early as 2023. will begin shipping Windows 11 version 22H2 in January 2023.
Now, the Windows Insider team has accidentally shown a preview build of Windows 11 on YouTube. The version in question is “23003.ni moment directdash dev1.221018-160” and is most likely the internal version 22H2 “Moment 2”.
Be aware that build 2303 will not be delivered to the public. Instead, a cumulative update will be released with build number 22623, replacing builds 22622 and 22621. This is because Windows 11 Moment 2 is not a completely new OS, but rather an update to the currently available 22H2.
Windows Insider is Microsoft’s public testing platform that allows users to test features before they are released to the public.
While we don’t have an official changelog for the Windows 11 Moment 2 update, we can assume that the long-awaited “tablet-optimized taskbar” in which the extended taskbar is large is one of the new features. Apparently, this was demonstrated in a video posted by the Windows Insider channel.
Understandably, users might find it strange that Microsoft didn’t include all the promised features in Windows 11 22H2, leaving them in the dark about when they can expect them. It’s true that waiting for a major update is better than using Microsoft’s “Moment” approach, but that doesn’t change the fact that the latter is preferable.
Microsoft is aware of the misunderstanding and promises to clear things up by releasing updated documentation with information about new and upcoming features.