With Microsoft finally releasing Windows 11 version 22H2 today, it’s a good time to step back and consider what Panos Panay and his crew have wrought after a more acceptable development timetable than with the first go-round. The cynical view, of course, is “not much,” especially when you consider how much time has gone by and how few big features there are. But a more nuanced view can find some wheat among the chaff.
For background, please refer to my original Windows 11 review---which I accurately described as “fresh, familiar, and incomplete”---and my Windows 11 version 22H2 review, which, despite being published almost two months ago, is very much accurate to the finished product. This article is based on my months-long experience of using 22H2, the 225+ pages I’ve written of the Windows 11 Field Guide so far, 22H2 review materials provided recently by Microsoft, and an on-the-record discussion about 22H2 with Microsoft’s John Cable and Aaron Woodman.