7 Exciting New Features on Windows 11 23H2 Update

Windows 11 2023 update (version 23H2) brings Microsoft Copilot, new file explorer, AI enhance paint app, updated photos app an more

Microsoft has officially released Windows 11 version 23H2 with two new features, in addition to many more recent additions Microsoft announced in late September. It’s a free upgrade available for all compatible Windows 11 devices include Windows 10 v2004 and later. For existing Windows 11 users it’s a minor release delivered via Enablement package. If you are on to upgrade Windows 10 device to Windows 11 23H2 or do not have Windows 11 Moment 4 installed it’s a significant update for you. As per Microsoft official Windows 11 23H2 update brings 150 new features, including the highlight feature “Microsoft Copilot“. New AI-powered versions of Paint, ClipChamp, Snipping tool, Windows cloud backup app, Windows passkey manager, and more. Here is How To download Windows 11 version 23H2 and try these exciting features Windows Copilot, new File Explorer, AI-enhanced paint, snipping tool app and more.

Download Windows 11 23H2 update

You can Quickly download and install Windows 11 23H2 by heading to Settings Windows Update, turning on Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available, and clicking Check for updates.

Windows 11 version 23H2 available

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If you see a notification Windows 11 version 23H2 is available click the Download and Install button. It’s like regular Windows updates take few minutes to download and install.

for Device running Windows 10 or Moment 4 update not installed, its a huge update around 6 GB take time to download and install.

The update has the exact system requirements as version 22H2, including a 64-bit processor, at least 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, the Secure Boot feature and TPM 2.0.

Microsoft is launching the update in a phased and measured manner, which means not everyone gets the update release day. If you don’t see the update and don’t want to wait for the automatic update, manual installation is possible through the Installation Assistant or by downloading the Windows 11 ISO file.

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Windows 11 23H2 ISO Download Links: Win11_23H2_English_64xbit.

Windows 11 23H2 ISO size

Check if Windows 11 23H2 is installed

After installing Windows 11 version 23H2 update the build number change to 22631.2115. You can check the same using winver command or Navigate settings -> system -> About, next to Windows specifications.

Windows 11 OS build 22631.2115

Windows 11 version 23H2 Features

The Latest Windows 11 23H2 update brings a number of new changes, features, and improvements. Some of them include the intelligent assistant Microsoft Copilot, AI-enhanced tools in Microsoft Paint, Audio and mic support for Snipping tool screen recording, Clipchamp with auto-compose, Passkey support on Windows 11, Windows cloud Backup application, Modern File Explorer, and more. Here is a video overview of Windows 11 version 23h2 what’s new features and improvements.

Microsoft Copilot (preview)

The highlight of this Windows 11 Moment 4 update is the introduction of Microsoft Copilot, an AI-powered assistant. It helps perform various tasks in the operating system and your supported applications. Using Microsoft Copilot, you can change system settings, analyze documents and web pages, schedule appointments, and even get help composing an email.

To get started, look for the Copilot icon on the taskbar or simply press WIN + C to launch Copilot in Windows.

Need to enable Bluetooth or connect a new pair of headphones? Copilot can help. Not sure of the best way to capture a screenshot? Ask Copilot to do it for you.

Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft noted Copilot will be integrated into Edge and eventually become a crucial component of Microsoft 365 products in the future.

In the Windows 11 23H2 update, File Explorer updated with a significant redesign with an improved interface. Notable additions include a new Gallery view for easy access to photos, organized by month with the latest ones appearing first. The modernized File Explorer Home now features an enhanced address bar supporting both local and cloud folders. This allows users to monitor OneDrive status, including file sync progress. Moreover, AI technology is now employed to provide file recommendations, a feature also found in the Start menu’s Recommended section, exclusively for customers. These updates aim to streamline file management and enhance user experience in Windows 11.

File Explorer Gallery view
Image: Microsoft

Passwords Replace with passkeys

Microsoft has introduced passkeys in Windows 11, a secure way to log into websites without traditional passwords. A passkey creates a unique, unguessable credential and allows you to sign in using your face, fingerprint or device PIN. These unique credentials are stored on your device and can be unlocked using biometrics (like face or fingerprint) or a PIN. This adds an extra layer of security. You can also use a companion device (phone or tablet) for authentication. Passkeys work on popular browsers like Edge, Chrome, and Firefox, making the login process both secure and convenient.

Using passkeys significantly reduces the risk of data and network breaches as they protect against phishing attacks that cannot steal the authentication keys.

Microsoft Paint gets AI-enhanced tools

With Windows 11 version 23H2 update Microsoft updated most popular inbox apps like Paint, Snipping Tool, Photos and more with AI capabilities optimized for digital creation. Microsoft Paint has received a substantial upgrade, now offering advanced AI features and layer support. This makes it a more comprehensive tool for editing photos and images. The new features include a background remover tool, support for layers and transparency, and an innovative Cocreator feature that generates images based on text descriptions.

To enhance your work with even greater creativity, we’re bringing layers and intuitive background removal to Paint.

The Paint Cocreator preview² is a game-changer. It empowers users to unlock their creativity by inputting a text prompt, choosing a style, and generating a completely unique image. From there, you have the freedom to further refine your creation using the diverse set of tools available in Paint, whether it’s adding layers or adding your own artistic touches.

Microsoft Paint gets AI-enhanced tools

To access these exciting updates, simply search for “Paint” in your search box or app list, and you’ll be ready to dive into a whole new level of creative expression.

Snipping Tool gets an AI upgrade

Microsoft introduced screen recording capabilities in the Snipping Tool. Now, in addition to capturing visuals from your screen, you can also record sound with audio and microphone support.

To utilize the screen recorder feature, simply press Win + Shift + R or Print Screen.

Snipping tool record video

Also, Microsoft is rolling out two powerful new text features for the Snipping Tool. First, there’s text extraction, which lets you effortlessly scan and copy specific content from various sources like online articles or video calls. This copied text can be seamlessly pasted into other documents, making tasks like web searches or integrating into presentations a breeze.

Snipping tool text extraction
Image: Microsoft

Additionally, the text redaction feature is a game-changer for privacy protection. It allows you to completely black out any text you want to keep confidential, such as email addresses in screenshots or specific categories of information. This quick redaction process ensures privacy without the need for manual intervention.

Snipping tool text redaction
Image: Microsoft

Background blur in the new Photos app

Microsoft Photos app updated with background blur and enhanced search capabilities. Now, locating specific photos stored in OneDrive has become easier than before. With the enhanced search functionality, you can simply input keywords or objects related to the image you’re looking for. This enables you to quickly locate the exact photos and memories you’re seeking, whether you’re searching by objects, locations, or dates.

photos app enhanced search capabilities
Image: Microsoft

In addition, if you are looking for a few edits to the photo background? Background blur offers you a way to effortlessly enhance image resolution and achieve stylish blur effects.  And, when you are ready to share, the new slideshow feature offers you an easy way to relive those memories and share with your friends and family.

New Windows Backup application

Microsoft has introduced a brand-new Windows Backup application, that can be used to back up your data application preferences, encrypted credentials, and WiFi settings. This backup is stored both in OneDrive and linked to your Microsoft account. This means that when transitioning to a new Windows 11 PC, you’ll have the convenience of restoring content from any of your backed-up PCs directly from the cloud, simply by logging in with your Microsoft account.

This feature lets you easily transfer your data and settings to a new device.

Windows Backup app

In addition, Laptop users may appreciate the new energy recommendations shown in the Settings app when accessing System > Power & battery > Energy recommendations.

Microsoft is planning to replace the “Chat” icon on the taskbar with “Microsoft Teams (free)” in the future.

The Windows 11 2023 Update introduces thumbnail previews for the Start menu, providing users with a visual preview of the apps and files.

Cortana and Mail applications are now no longer part of the default applications in Windows 11.

Windows 11 introduces a new Settings Home page for quicker access to various settings, including device name changes and Bluetooth device management.

Windows 11 23H2, users can set never combine in the Taskbar on the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.

Starting with Windows 11 23H2 you can activate the end task option in the Taskbar.

In Windows 11 23H2, notifications will be indicated by a changing bell icon alone, without displaying the specific number of notifications as before.

The update introduces a convenient shortcut to open the Volume Mixer: CTRL+Windows+V.

Windows 11 offers RGB light adjustment in Settings > Personalizations > Dynamic Lighting, but requires a compatible accessory. This eliminates the need for extra applications.

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