Microsoft released the first preview of Windows 10 22H2 yesterday for users of the Release preview channel. No specific updates were announced.
Microsoft says the focus of this release is to validate services technology. Windows 10 22H2 has a number of new features, and it will share more details about this update later this year.
Meanwhile, in a separate blog post designed to help business customers and companies deploy Windows 10, Microsoft made it clear that the Windows Hardware Compatibility Plan (WHCP) for version 22H2 is unchanged and even identical to the 2004 version.
In contrast, Windows 11, as a new generation operating system, has requirements for devices including TPM 2.0, secure startup, and virtualization based security (VBS), which also prevents a considerable number of devices from being upgraded.
IT House has learned that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 through 2025, but the focus of development has now shifted to Windows 11.
Windows Central sources also say that Microsoft now intends to release major versions of Windows every three years, with the next version (tentatively called Windows 12) currently scheduled for 2024, three years after the 2021 release of Windows 11.
Starting with Windows 11 22H2 (Sun Valley 2), Microsoft is launching a new "Moments" project designed to allow the company to roll out new features and experiences at key points throughout the year, rather than the main OS version. Sources say Microsoft intends to release new features to Windows versions on the market every few months, up to four times a year, starting in 2023.