As we reported recently, Microsoft has been working on minor feature updates for Windows 11 version 22H2, which is itself a major feature update. These smaller feature updates are internally called “Moment” and Microsoft has already published the first “Moment” update with features like tabs in File Explorer.
Microsoft is preparing another ‘Moment’ update, called ‘Moment 2’, which will add new features to Windows 11 version 22H2 as early as 2023. The features have been tested through most of 2022 and will ship to Windows 11 version 22H2 2023 in January, according to sources familiar with the company’s plan.
Now, in a video posted on YouTubethe Windows Insider team accidentally showed a Windows 11 preview build “23003.ni_moment_directdash_dev1.221018-160”, which is probably an internal build of Windows 11 version 22H2 “Moment 2”.
It is worth noting that consumers will not be getting Build 23003. Instead, the company will ship a cumulative update that will increase the build number from 22622 or 22621 to 22623. That’s because Windows 11 Moment 2 is not a new version of the OS, but rather an update of the existing version 22H2.
You can already try some of the upcoming features on your PC if you’re a member of Windows Insider, the company’s public testing platform that lets you try out features that Microsoft is working on.
While we don’t have the release notes of Windows 11’s Moment 2 update, one of the new features could be the long-awaited “Tablet-Optimized Taskbar”, where the expanded taskbar is thick. This was apparently demonstrated in the video posted by the Windows Insider channel.
Of course, it may seem odd that all of the features announced by Microsoft are not coming with Windows 11 22H2, and users are left in the dark about when these features will arrive. However, Microsoft’s “Moment” approach is still better than delaying features until the next major update.
Microsoft is aware of the confusion and the company will share details of new features or upcoming features via updated documentation in the near future.