What you need to know
- Microsoft's Windows 11 September 2023 update started rolling out to users in September 2023.
- The update ships with most of the 23H2 features.
- Many users have this update confused with the Windows 11 version 23H2 update, which is expected to ship this fall.
- The Windows 11 September 2023 update features an Instant Games experience that allows users to play games directly from the Microsoft Store.
Last week, during Microsoft's underwhelming Surface and AI event, the company announced that it would ship the Windows 11 September 2023 update to users on September 26, 2023. True to its word, the update began rolling out to users yesterday. However, the company usually rolls out such updates in waves, so it might not be available for everyone immediately.
Most users expected the release of the Windows 11 version 23H2 update, but this isn't the case. Microsoft highlighted that most of the 23H2 features (if not all) would ship as part of Windows 11 version 22H2 as a "Moment" update. It's worth noting that the 23H2 release will ship this fall.
Notably, the Windows 11 September 2023 update ships with many nifty features, including Windows AI Copilot, a new Settings homepage, and more. While we've comprehensively covered most of the features shipping with this update, one might have perhaps slipped through the cracks: Instant games.
This new experience is part of the just-released Windows 11 September 2023 update. It is designed to allow users to play their favorite casual games directly from the Microsoft Store on Windows. It promotes productivity and accessibility since users will no longer be required to download games first to interact and play them.
Announcing Instant Games in the Microsoft Store on Windows, a new experience that allow you to instantly play your favorite casual game directly from the Store without the need to download and install. Preview starting today. #Windows11 #MicrosoftStore pic.twitter.com/TxQpDVX6oESeptember 26, 2023
Microsoft explained the feature in a blog post:
It's unclear which titles will be part of this new experience, but it looks like a great addition. Microsoft further added that it's looking forward to working with more casual game developers to bring more titles to the new experience.
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