Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 reference appears when a big update inches close to launch

Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 “SV2” is the codename for the updated operating system that Microsoft is about to reveal as version 22H2, with a number of preview builds dropping recently revealing some potential new features.

Microsoft mistakenly uploaded a page on the Feedback Hub that confirms the Sun Valley 2 codename and new features of the Windows Settings apps. As you probably know, every major Windows update had a code name. The original version of Windows 11 was called Sun Valley and its annual update was called “Sun Valley 2”.

The codename designation also confirms the previous theory that the 22H2 won’t be a massive release with a host of new features. Instead, it will be similar to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update with an emphasis on core design principles, improvements to existing features and a few simple new additions.

Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 Codename

The Feedback Center menu has already been removed, but according to the post, Microsoft is working on some new features for the Settings app.

Microsoft calls it the “Recently Updated Settings Page Experience” and says it will include a few more redesigned pages to ensure it’s up to date and compatible with the rest of the app. As part of its efforts to improve settings, pages like Time & Language have been updated with a new header where you can see the current time.

“These features will be enabled by default in all versions of SV2 released after March 15,” Microsoft said in the report.

Reports have also suggested that the Sun Valley 2 update has reached the final stage of development with most of the features already in preview builds but simply hidden.

What to expect in Sun Valley 2

With Sun Valley 2, Microsoft plans to improve the old and new corners of the operating system. This includes Settings, Start, Taskbar, Notification Center, Windows Subsystem for Android and more.

For example, Microsoft is experimenting with a new interface for the Alt + Tab shortcut in Windows 11.

Old Alt Tab UI

Switching apps through the Alt + Tab shortcut has always been a popular choice with users, and it’s especially useful when you want to open an app without having to interact with the taskbar or desktop or if you’re using a full screen app.

Right now, Alt + Tab is making the entire screen blurry. On the other hand, Windows 10’s Alt+Tab introduced a built-in list of apps in the Alt+Tab container so you could switch between apps and there was no blurring effect.

Sun Valley 2 Alt . Tab
New design for Alt Tab

Microsoft admitted that the new Alt+Tab interface wasn’t a wise design choice because it looks weird on big screens and can hide content. In Sun Valley 2, the Alt + Tab interface has been updated to look cleaner.

As part of the update, blurring effects now apply only to the menu rather than the entire screen.

Taskbar pull feature

In addition, Sun Valley 2 will finally restore support for drag and drop to the taskbar, and there is a possibility that tabs will return to File Explorer.

With tab support, you will be able to keep more than one instance of Explorer and easily manage multiple folders or directories.

Windows 11 File Explorer Tabs

In terms of security, Windows 11 22H2 or Sun Valley 2 adds a new security feature called Smart App Control to prevent downloading or installing untrusted or potentially unwanted applications on your computer. This feature aims to reduce viruses, phishing attempts, malware or ransomware.

This upcoming update will be full of improvements and will include improvements to the customization settings as well. For example, we will get Spotlight desktop support to automatically replace your desktop wallpaper regularly.

Similarly, you will be able to add stickers to your desktop background and customize it to your liking using the built-in stickers app.

Windows 11 22H2 will also launch with a controversial new change – Microsoft account authorization for Windows Pro users. Starting with SV2, you’ll need to create a Microsoft account before you can access the desktop for a new device.

Expected release date

The feature update is expected to launch in late summer (around the same time Windows 11 was launched) or it could also be launched in October like previous Windows 10 feature updates.