Microsoft is diligently working on the Windows 11 24H2 update, code-named Hudson Valley, slated for release later this year. This update, surpassing its predecessor 23H2, promises substantial enhancements in performance, security, and the integration of new artificial intelligence (AI) features.
1. AI Integration: Copilot Enhancement
Rumors initially speculated a Windows 12 release for advanced AI features, but current sources lean towards a substantial Windows 11 update. Developers are already testing functions for the 24H2 package, with a notable improvement being an upgraded Copilot AI assistant. This enhanced version, utilizing AI and machine learning, aims to elevate application performance and user interactions.
2. User Interface Changes and Snap Layouts
The 24H2 update brings a redesigned Copilot interface, relocating the call button and introducing a new “Copilot in Windows” section in the Settings application. Meanwhile, Snap Layouts, a feature facilitating app organization, will leverage machine learning to suggest placement options based on user habits.
3. Performance Improvements and Battery Management
File Explorer’s performance gets a boost, with additional capabilities for PNG image metadata. Quick settings on the taskbar undergo changes, introducing a page-by-page interface for better navigation. Microsoft enhances Phone Link, introducing a webcam feature and a settings page for connected mobile devices.
Furthermore, Battery Saver Mode and Power Options receive an overhaul, introducing an “Energy Saving” mode to reduce power consumption and extend device battery life. Users gain more control over power settings, allowing customization of sleep mode timings, notes NIX Solutions.
Even as Windows 11 24H2 removes certain applications, such as Cortana and Maps, it introduces new features like Windows Protected Printing. Microsoft emphasizes the update’s focus on AI technologies, with the 24H2 package set for mass distribution in the fall, coinciding with the availability of new PCs with built-in neural processors.