Let’s learn about Controlled Feature Rollout (CFR) in this post. Microsoft is dedicated to providing Windows 11 users a steady stream of innovative updates and enhancements. These updates will encompass many areas, including privacy, security, and accessibility features.
The First Windows 11 Controlled Feature Rollout is coming out to all opt-in devices by the end of June as part of the nonsecurity update release cycle. Windows nonsecurity updates are available on the 4th Tuesday of each month, i.e., the 27th of June, 2023.
During Patch Tuesday or B-week (2nd Tuesday of the month), Microsoft releases the latest cumulative updates (LCUs), including quality and security patches. These LCUs are carefully crafted to address performance and security vulnerabilities, offering users a comprehensive and consolidated update package.
Windows Configuration Updates, Moment Drop Feature, and Controlled Feature Rollout (CFR) are pointing to almost the same thing, and this is related to Windows 11 updates; they serve the same purposes and have the same functionality. Moment Feature Drop (or CFR) provides continuous/regular shipping of new features via the monthly patch cycle.
Microsoft plans to introduce a series of new features in Windows 11 through a controlled feature rollout (CFR) strategy, ensuring a smooth and gradual deployment to consumers. Initially, these features will be made available in the optional nonsecurity preview release for all editions of Windows 11, version 22H2, scheduled for June 2023.
- Windows 11 KB5027223 KB5027231 June Patches
- Windows 10 KB5027215 June Patch Tuesday 2023 KB5027222 KB5027230
What is a Windows Configuration Update?
Windows configuration updates documentation is the place where you get the details of new features that are getting released as part of the Continous Innovation initiative from Microsoft. It’s a Controlled Feature Rollout (CFR) for Windows 11 22H2 and later versions.
A Windows configuration update refers to changes made to the configuration settings of the Windows operating system. It is essential for maintaining the operating system’s stability, security, and functionality.
Windows configuration updates and the latest cumulative non-security updates are different.
How to Get Windows Configuration Update
Windows Configuration update and Windows Controlled feature Rollout (CFR) is the same. To obtain the Windows Configuration Update, you can follow a simple procedure.
- Windows Update or Microsoft Update settings
- Enable the Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available feature
Windows Update or Microsoft Update settings
Windows Update and Microsoft Update settings allow users to control how their Windows operating system receives updates and patches from Microsoft. These settings ensure that the system remains up to date with the latest security fixes, feature updates, and improvements.
- Go to the Settings menu and select “Windows Update.”
- From there, click on “Advanced options,” which will provide additional settings and options related to updates.
- Finally, locate the “Optional updates” section, where you will find a link to download and install the update.
Get the Latest Updates as soon as They’re Available
Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available feature is part of the Windows update feature. For enterprises and schools, customers can get an option to control this feature through group policy and intune policy. Microsoft internally called this a moment drop feature. So you don’t need to wait for yearly feature updates to get new features into the Windows Operating system.
To get the Windows Configuration Update, you should Enable the Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available feature; it helps you to receive the latest updates as soon as they become available; follow these steps:
- Settings > Windows Update
- In the Windows Update settings, look for the option “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available.”
- Enable Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available by toggling the pane to the Right side.
- By setting this toggle to “On,” you are instructing your device to download and install the latest updates immediately when Microsoft releases them.
Windows Configuration Update Highlights Coming Soon by End of June 2023
Windows Configuration Update Highlights refers to the notable changes, improvements, or new features introduced in a Windows operating system. These highlights provide a summary or overview of the key modifications made to the configuration settings of the Windows operating system. It includes the following.
May 2023 configuration update will be enabled by default in the June 2023 optional non-security preview release (27th June) for Windows 11, version 22H2.
- Use live captions to understand audio better.
- Use Voice Access to Control your PC & Author Text with your Voice
- Voice access command feature support various English dialects
- New text selection and editing voice access commands
- VPN connection status icon
- Choose to display seconds in the Clock on the system tray
- Copy Button to Copy Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Codes Quickly
- Access key shortcuts to File Explorer’s context menu
- Adds multi-app kiosk mode
- The “Get me up to date” feature in Windows Update
1. Use Live Captions to Understand Audio Better
Live captions provide an instant visual representation of spoken words, enabling deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals to participate more fully in various situations. You can utilize the convenient keyboard shortcut WIN + Ctrl + L to activate live captions. The new Windows update helps you to add live captions for the following languages:
- Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
- French (France, Canada)
- Portuguese (Brazil
- English (Ireland, other English dialects)
2. Use Voice Access to Control your PC & Author Text with your Voice
The in-app voice access command help page has been redesigned in this update to enhance usability and provide more comprehensive information. Each command now includes a description and examples of its different variations, allowing users to better understand and utilize the available commands.
- Introducing a search bar enables users to swiftly locate specific commands, making it easier to find the desired information. The new categories provide further guidance.
- To access the command help page, you can follow two approaches. Firstly, you can access it through the voice access bar by selecting “Help” and then “View all commands.” Alternatively, you can use the voice access command “What can I say?” to directly open the command help page
3. Voice Access Command Feature Support Various English Dialects
The voice access command feature now extends its support to various English dialects, catering to a broader range of users. Users can benefit from voice access command support in different English dialects, ensuring a more personalized and localized experience.
Windows may prompt you to download a speech model when enabling voice access for the first time. It’s possible that the available speech models may not align perfectly with your chosen display language. You can still use voice access in English (US). You can choose a different language from Settings > Language on the voice access bar.
The Voice access command support for the following English dialects.
- English (United Kingdom)
- English (India)
- English (New Zealand)
- English (Canada)
- English (Australia)
4. New Text Selection and Editing Voice Access Commands
In this update, a set of new voice access commands for text selection, and editing has been introduced, enhancing the functionality and convenience of the feature. Users can now perform text-related actions using voice commands, streamlining their editing workflow.
|To Do This||Say This|
|Select a range of text in the text box||“Select from [text 1] to [text 2]”, e.g., “Select from have to voice access”|
|Delete all the text in a text box||“Delete all”|
|Apply bold, underline, or italic formatting for the selected text or the last dictated text||“Bold that,” “Underline that,” “Italicize that”|
5. VPN Connection Status Icon
A new feature has been introduced to enhance your online security and privacy. With this update, you’ll notice a small shield icon in the system tray, indicating the status of your VPN connection. This new offers a clear and intuitive way to identify your VPN status at a glance.
6. Choose to Display Seconds in the Clock on the System Tray
The latest update brings a delightful customization option to your system tray clock. Now, you can choose whether to display seconds alongside the time. To activate this feature, follow these simple steps:
- Go to the Taskbar behaviors section in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
- You can also right-click the taskbar to get to taskbar settings quickly.
7. Copy Button to Copy Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Codes Quickly
The new update provides a copy button to quickly copy two-factor authentication (2FA) codes. With this new feature copying your 2FA codes becomes a breeze. This feature currently supports the English language.
8. Access key Shortcuts to File Explorer’s Context Menu
The access keys are the one-stroke shortcuts that revolutionize your command execution within context menus using just your keyboard. Each access key corresponds to a letter within the display name of a menu item. To try this out, click on a file in File Explorer and press the menu key on your keyboard.
9. Adds Multi-App Kiosk Mode
The new update Introduces an administration feature designed to provide enhanced control and customization over app usage on devices. As an administrator, you now have the power to specify which apps are permitted to run while blocking the execution of other apps. Moreover, you can even restrict access to certain functionalities within permitted apps.
- Some examples are frontline workers, retail, education, and test-taking
10. “Get Me Up To Date” Feature in Windows Update
The “Get me up to date” feature in Windows Update settings helps you to keep your system up to date with the latest patches and improvements from Microsoft. When “Get me up to date” is turned on, you will receive a notification 15 minutes before the restart.
This gives you ample time to ensure your device is connected to a power source, guaranteeing a smooth update process without the risk of interruption due to a low battery.
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