Windows 11 has just seen the release of a new preview build which brings a few new features – including improvements for the Family Safety widget – plus a ton of bug fixes, and the news that Microsoft is apparently getting closer to the finalizing the big update for later in 2022 (known as 22H2 or Sun Valley 2).
Build 22610 improves the Microsoft Family Safety parental controls system by allowing you to see the location of other family members who use the Family Safety app.
Plus, for the rest of your family who are designated in a “member” role, they get a better view of screen time usage across devices and apps. Family Safety can not only track your kids, but also set screen time limits and apply various content filters on software and games or while browsing the web.
This new preview build also brings a bunch of additions on the device management and group policy front for IT administrators, as well as some small changes to the Windows 11 interface (including info- system tray battery icon bubble showing an estimated time remaining for battery life, if your laptop supports it).
Finally, a minor but important UI move is the removal of the desktop preview build watermark (bottom right), which is usually a sign that Microsoft is entering the process of finalizing the big update. day 22H2.
That said, in the blog post announcing this release, Microsoft clarifies that “this doesn’t mean we’re done”, but it’s still a good indication that things are almost done, and soon everything will be linked for that. Windows 11 update of the year.
Analysis: almost ready, in a way, but there is still a long way to go
This means that soon enough, Microsoft should stop adding new features and start the process of testing and retesting everything in place to make sure everything is working properly (while also squashing bugs that appear).
As you probably know, the 22H2 update isn’t expected for some time yet – not until the second half of the year, maybe sooner, but more likely later in that timeframe (in the past , we’ve usually seen H2 updates roll out in September or October).
So while things are close to being done for Windows 11 22H2 in theory, there will still be a long way of testing to go (which is a good thing – or it should be, anyway , to ensure that no bigger flaws or bugs slip through the net).
Of course, a number of bugfixes are already applied, as you can see in the full release notes for build 22610, and that includes fixing a nasty File Explorer crash loop that affected a “small” percentage of Windows 11 testers.