Microsoft releases new Windows 11 22H2 desktop projector feature early

If you were wondering if you should wait for Windows 11 version 22H2 to get major new features, we have good news for you.

When Microsoft announced Windows 11 for consumers and businesses, officials said they would only release one major update each year. Some people worried about having to wait 12 months for new features to hit their desktops.

As you probably know, Windows 11 is much more modular than Windows 10, and Microsoft may provide updates to existing features like Windows Settings apart from major feature updates. This means that Experience Packs, alongside Cumulative Updates, will bring a range of new features and minor additions.

Microsoft has already released the Windows Subsystem for Android outside of the feature update cadence and a new update is rolling out with support for the Windows 11 22H2 desktop projector feature.

For those unfamiliar with ‘Spotlight’, it’s a Bing-powered feature that automatically changes your lock screen background. Spotlight, which has been around since the release of Windows 8, replaces static wallpapers with high-definition images provided by Microsoft.

Spotlight is a fun feature, but it only worked on the lock screen until now. Microsoft has listened to feedback and is adding Spotlight support to the desktop with Windows 11 Build 22000.706, which is an optional preview update currently available in Release Preview Update.

This update will start rolling out to everyone in the production channel in a few days and does not require version 22H2.

Previously, Spotlight was exclusive to Windows 11 22H2, but as we expected, Cumulative Updates now also add or extend existing features outside of Annual Updates.

Windows 11 22H2 Spotlight Feature

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can enable the feature by visiting Settings > Personalization > Background > Customize your background. On the next screen, you need to select “Windows Spotlight” and Microsoft will automatically refresh the desktop background with wallpapers from Bing.

Microsoft officials noted that this feature works the same as it currently does on the lock screen. You can learn more about the new desktop backgrounds by clicking on a new desktop icon that directs users to a Bing page with more information about each background image.

Microsoft also enables Windows Spotlight on the desktop by default for new devices (or clean installs using Windows 11.

It should be noted that the update will not forcefully change your preferences and you can always disable the feature from the settings. In addition to Spotlight integration, Microsoft also fixed numerous bugs in the optional update, including a bug that caused potential performance issues.

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