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Windows 11 22H2 new features expected for ‘moment 2’ update (so far)

These are (so far) the new features and changes coming with the "moment 2" update for Windows 11 22H2.

After releasing the first “moment” update in October, Microsoft plans to roll out another scope of features for Windows 11 22H2 early next year. However, they are not exactly brand-new features. Instead, they are updates that bring new functionalities to existing features.

For example, the next feature drop for Windows 11 22H2 is expected to include a new version of the Taskbar optimized for tablets, drag-and-drop support for the System Tray, and live search for File Explorer.

If you are unfamiliar, “moments” are new kinds of updates that enable the Windows team to roll out new features and improvements as soon as they are ready outside major releases. You can think of it as “feature drop” updates for mobile devices. However, the operating system will continue to have yearly feature updates, and the company plans to release new versions every three years.

This guide highlights the best new features and changes expected to arrive with the “moment 2” update for Windows 11 22H2.

Windows 11 22H2 moment 2 update new features

These are the new features and changes for the next feature drop:

Taskbar design for tablet

The next feature drop for Windows 11 will introduce a new Taskbar design for tablets that will automatically transition to tablet mode when disconnecting or folding the keyboard on a convertible device. (The feature won’t be available on laptops or desktops.)

The Taskbar offers two modes: “collapsed” and “expanded.” The “collapsed” state hides all the icons except those essential ones from the system tray, giving you more space and preventing you from accidentally invoking the Taskbar when holding your tablet.

Taskbar for tablets
Taskbar for tablets (Source: Microsoft)

In the “expanded” state, the Taskbar is optimized for touch with bigger icons. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

You can always control these experiences on Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors with the “Automatically hide the taskbar when using your device as a tablet” setting.

File Explorer live search

This update also will bring the ability to show results as you type in File Explorer. The full search results page will update live without pressing the Enter key. 

System Tray drag-and-drop support

As part of the Taskbar’s System Tray experience, you will receive an update allowing you to drag and drop icons in the tray. 

These are only a few of the new improvements that Microsoft plans to roll out through a non-security update sometime in February or March 2023. However, since the company still hasn’t shared any official details, it’s unclear what the update will include in the final release.