What’s new for IT pros in Windows 11, version 23H2

Microsoft has a new post up about what is new in Windows 11 version 23H2 that benefits the IT professionals deploying Windows 11 in their environment. A lot of talk lately about the new desktop AI from Microsoft, Co-Pilot (currently in preview), which is included in this release. Some good security improvements to Windows Hello, Windows Firewall, and others.

There are also a few additional enhancements in this scoped release, such as:

  • The ability to ungroup icons and show labels on the taskbar for easy access to open applications and files.

  • A more seamless File Explorer with native support for RAR and other file compression formats.

  • Recommended websites in the Start menu based on each person’s browsing history. (This feature can be managed using a policy.)

  • A new volume mixer to control the volume and audio output more easily for each application.

  • The ability to set up a multi-app kiosk on Windows 11 devices with a customized Start menu showing only allowed apps for each account type.

  • Federated sign-in for Education editions of Windows 11.

  • Dev Drive, a new form of storage volume designed to improve performance for key developer workloads. Gain more control over storage volume settings and security, including trust designation, antivirus configuration, and administrative control over filters.