With an October 5 launch date looming, Microsoft quietly pushed Windows 11 into the Insider Program’s Release Preview channel.
“We are making Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.194 available as an optional update for any Windows Insider on an eligible PC in the Release Preview Channel,” Microsoft noted in an addition to a blog post from a week earlier, ensuring that no one would be alerted to the change. We have also made the ISOs available for Build 22000.194.”
Build 22000.194 was originally provided to Windows Insiders in the Beta channel and to commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel last week; this build has no new features, of course, but it was the first to include updated Calculator, Clock, and Snipping Tool apps outside of the Dev channel.
The Beta channel—and now the Release Preview channel—is currently testing the version of Windows 11 that will ship to customers on October 5. (The Dev channel is not affiliated with a specific version of Windows 11 but is instead designed to test features and improvements that could appear in the platform at any time in the future.)
Why Microsoft didn’t announce this major milestone on the road to completion in its own post is unclear but sadly typical.
You can download the Windows 11 build 22000.194 ISO from the Windows Insider Preview Downloads website, assuming you’re an Insider.