Microsoft has just released today the December 2022 “Patch Tuesday” updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10. There are a couple of new features for Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 22H1, and there are some minor changes for Windows 10 users as well.
We’ll start with Windows 11 version 22H2, which is receiving the KB5021255 update today. The main additions in this update include new storage alerts for OneDrive subscribers that will appear on the Systems page in the Settings app. Microsoft has also combined Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page in Settings.
For IT pros, today’s patch introduces a new mobile device management (MDM) policy for organizational messages. These messages can be created in Intune and then sent to all PCs in an organization running Windows 11 version 22H2.
With this update, Microsoft also fixed an issue preventing some applications from opening as expected, as well as another issue causing apps to not respond when using the Open file dialog. Additionally, Microsoft fixed a bug causing certain elements in Task Manager to appear in an unusual color.
The KB5021234 patch for Windows 11 version 21H2 doesn’t bring as many changes. It makes Microsoft’s Quick Assist app available on all PCs, and it also introduces a new way to authenticate Azure Active Directory joined devices to determine if they are on a trusted network.
For Windows 10 users, the KB5021233 patch is available today for the versions 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2 and the OS. This update brings some notable changes to the taskbar, as Cortana is no longer pinned by default. Moreover, the search box now appears by default when the taskbar is at the top of your screen or when you turn on the small taskbar button mode.
Lastly, Microsoft has also fixed an issue causing the Windows Camera app to become unresponsive when memory is low. If you’re still running Windows 10 version 21H1 on your PC, this update is the last one you’ll receive and Microsoft invites you to upgrade to Windows 10 version 22H2 to remain in a supported state.