File Explorer on Windows 11 22H2

File Explorer tabs may arrive via moment update after version 22H2

Tabs for File Explorer may not arrive in the final release of Windows 11 22H2. Instead, it'll release through a moment update at a later time.

  • File Explorer with tabs may not be part of the final release of Windows 11 22H2.
  • Instead, the feature and other improvements may roll out in a “moment” update.
  • The first moment update may release in October or November.

Although Microsoft has confirmed tabs for File Explorer, the feature may not arrive with the release of Windows 11 22H2. Instead, the company may plan to roll it out through a “moment” update later on. Furthermore, other features, such as “Suggested actions,” are also expected to roll out after version 22H2.

The reason for this is that Microsoft is once again changing the way the operating system receives updates. Instead of releasing a feature update every year, the company plans to make new versions of Windows available every three years. In between, there will be “moments” updates that will bring new features outside the major releases.

As a result of these changes, it appears that the software giant may be planning to scratch out some of the features (such as tabs and redesigned navigation for File Explorer and Suggested actions) from the initial rollout of Windows 11 22H2 to then release them through the cumulative update (moment).

Microsoft is expected to begin the slow rollout of Windows 11 22H2 on September 20, 2022. However, the new version may not become available more broadly until October or November, which is also the time when the company may be thinking of pushing the first “moment” update with tabs for File Explorer and other features.

While not all the features may roll out initially, the final release of Windows 11 22H2 will include many other features and improvements. For example, the Start menu will get support for folders. The Taskbar will receive drag and support and a new Overflow menu. Snap assist will get a new drag-and-drop interface. Also, Microsoft plans to introduce a new version of Task Manager, Print Queue and Print dialog, features like Voice access, Live captions, and a lot more.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].