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Instead of Windows 12, Windows 11 24H2 comes with hearing aids via LE Audio, Sudo mode, and Mixed Reality end

Instead of Windows 12, Windows 11 24H2 comes with hearing aids via LE Audio, Sudo mode, and Mixed Reality end

A potential Windows 12 is not planned for 2024. According to rumors, Microsoft has now rejected one A new blog entry has been released. The next major feature update for 2024 will be announced there as a 24H2 build, whose development pipeline can be viewed in advance via the 26,000-number internal builds.

Currently, the preview is only available for x86 processors. Arm SoCs are still out of the picture.

The new version 24H2 will provide many new functions. This includes WiFi sharing via QR code, creating 7-Zip and tar archives, or Windows Protected Print Mode. Microsoft has already tested some functionality using Insider Builds for older fonts, some of which also use the 26000 numbering system.

Sudo is coming

It's completely new Announcing the Sudo app for Windows 11It is a concept known primarily in the Linux world. Using Super User Do (Sudo), the administrator has the opportunity to execute commands with particularly high rights within the system – from an unprivileged context. The whole thing is accompanied by the User Account Control feature, which has been known since Windows Vista and is primarily aimed at professionals.

24H2 will also be the beginning of the end for Windows Mixed Reality. According to Microsoft, anyone with a headset can no longer connect it. Anyone who wants to continue using these systems must stay on 23H2 and can continue using the devices until 2026. Microsoft is only making an exception for its Hololens.

Microsoft also pays special attention to hearing aids. Bluetooth LE Audio support is now expanded so that hearing aids can be precisely configured. This means that background noise can be adjusted separately for the right and left ears. There should also be several presets depending on the hearing instrument.

Meanwhile, anyone who has installed Windows 11 22H2 can check if their laptop (or PC) is already Bluetooth LE Audio ready. Microsoft has a little one for that Support article provided. If you want to take a look, you should look in System Settings under Bluetooth and Devices, tap on Devices and then scroll down under Your Bluetooth Devices. There should be an option to use LE Audio if available.

If this setting is missing, your laptop won't be able to handle LE Audio. This may be done through driver updates if your Bluetooth device is able to handle this.

LE Audio is a requirement to use Bluetooth Auracast. But at least in theory the support in headphones is enough. More information can be found in Notebookcheck's main articles about Bluetooth Auracast and the LE Audio presentation: