Windows 12 could launch in 2024

Microsoft may be planning to introduce new versions of the operating system every three years (sounds familiar?)

Microsoft is making a major change with Windows, moving to new plans to introduce a new version of the desktop operating system every three years, with smaller and more frequent feature updates in between.

Windows 12 could arrive in 2024
Windows 12 could arrive in 2024

The move to a new technical schedule is a rumor made by Zac Bowden of Windows Central (open in the new tab), who has a good relationship with Microsoft and has made credible leaks in the past.

As mentioned, the hypothesis of what happens in the future is that Windows will have a three-year release cycle, and when Windows 11 arrives in 2021, that means an entirely new Windows – maybe Windows 12, maybe something else entirely – coming in 2024 (Windows 24? Windows XXIV? WindowsOS, ahem?). And then another version will roll out in 2027, then wash it off and repeat (unless Microsoft changes its mind, it’s a fair bet, at some point, if the recent form is any indication).

Of course, what Microsoft doesn’t want is to go back to the bad days of having to wait a long time for new features to appear with a new version of Windows, so the current version will be constantly updated. function throughout the year.

So instead of a major annual feature update, Microsoft will release smaller feature updates every few months, up to four copies per year, Bowden confirmed.

This situation will emerge from next year, so we will still receive the Windows 11 22H2 update (aka Sun Valley 2) later this year, but Sun Valley 3 seems to have been removed. Instead, in 2023, we’ll be moving on to more compact feature updates that are rolled out quarterly (or next) and these updates will be called ‘Moments’, or at least that’s the active title, it seems.

Analysis: A logical extension of what happened?

Turn back the clock for a minute. As you may recall, the original plan with Windows 10 was that it would be the last version of Windows ever (not we believed to be) and that it would be updated continuously in cycles, twice per year. That original concept clearly changed when Windows 11 was launched and major feature updates were moved down to levels once a year.

However, with those major feature upgrades already slowing down, Microsoft has introduced an ‘experience pack’, which sounds like they’re right in the MMORPG monetization plan, but in reality, it’s Microsoft’s plan to bring in more often. updates. For example, feature experience packs can be deployed to update old core apps for Windows from the main feature update.

So really, what we’re hearing here is what we already have – with Windows 11 after Windows 10, we can guess another version is likely to be coming soon. And Moments is basically a supported experience pack and a way to bring about changes that aim to improve the existing interface without completely changing it, which is necessary to facilitate more frequent adjustments to the desktop OS if Microsoft is moving to a three-year plan for the new version of Windows – that’s one if. Meanwhile, those all-new versions of Windows will be the place to launch major changes to the user interface or user experience.

Another way to look at this is that it makes sense in a logical way to be a logical extension of the direction microsoft has taken. And the three-year release gap fits perfectly with the software giant’s recent history, with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 having three years between them all.

However, for now we must consider this to be just a rumor, even if much of it makes sense to us and it comes from a more reliable source than most of the speculation regarding Microsoft. And besides, even if that’s Microsoft’s current plan, that doesn’t mean it will continue to be — of course, the company hasn’t been afraid to cut out and change the way the operating system is manufactured in recent times.

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