Windows 11 is currently in the final stages of testing and
it will begin rolling out to compatible hardware in
October. As of today, it’s possible to grab the technical
preview builds of Windows 11 by joining the Dev and Beta
Although Windows 11 is still in the beta phase, it’s quite
stable for day-to-day usage if you can deal with a few issues.
Microsoft is now planning to focus on the next version of
Windows 11 after version 21H2 (October 2021 Update) goes live
in the holiday season, and the company has now issued a warning
With Windows 11, Microsoft is moving to a single annual update
cadence. Only one feature update will be released in the second
half of the year and Microsoft will continue to release regular
monthly updates throughout the year for all users.
Right now, we’re testing Windows 11 version 21H2 builds which
will be released to consumers in October 2021. In the Dev
Channel of the Insider, Microsoft is now planning to test next
year’s experimental features and improvements, and builds could
get pretty buggy.
The initial work on the unnamed and first major update to
Windows 11 has already begun internally. The next version of
Windows 11 is internally called version 22H2 (second half of
the year 2022) and it doesn’t seem to have a special codename
at the moment.
In the coming weeks, Microsoft will begin shipping unstable
builds from the development and Dev Channel testers will get
early access to new features and buggy releases of the
Microsoft’s warning to Windows 11 testers: switch to the beta
In an email to testers, Microsoft recently highlighted the
risks of running Dev Channel builds and warned users that they
will be provided with buggier builds from the upcoming version
of Windows 11. Users are recommended to switch away from this
channel if they only wanted to test the first and original
version of Windows 11.
Initially, you won’t see many big noticeable changes or new
features in Dev Channel, but these could get pretty rough on
If you’re not ready for buggy builds or upcoming features, you
should switch to the Beta Channel.
“If you would like to experience more reliable Windows 11
Insider Previews Builds tied to the upcoming release [version
21H2], please move your device to the Beta Channel through the
Windows Insider Program Settings,” Microsoft noted in an email
to our Windows Insider accounts.
Microsoft will use Dev Channel to test experimental and
unannounced features while the Beta Channel would be tied to
the upcoming stable release called “Windows 11 version 21H2”.
Remember that Beta Channel will still give you access to all
features coming to consumers later this year, so nothing would
change if you flip the channel today. Users in both channels
are currently testing
Windows 11 Build 22000.160 and they have access to the same
set of features.
If you’re interested in stable builds, the Beta channel is the
best option and here’s how you can switch:
- Open Windows Settings.
- Head to Windows Update > Windows Insider program.
- Under the Choose your settings section, select Beta Channel
by tapping on the drop-down menu.
Of course, no action is required if you want to test the
experimental features that will be released in 2022 with