Windows 12 is coming in 2024? Microsoft could go back to 3-year update cycle

Windows 12 is rumoured to arrive in 2014 with some major upgrades over 2021’s Windows 11. Here are the details.

Windows 11 has been barely a year old but already Microsoft is rumoured to work on its successor – Windows 12. Yes, rumours have it that Microsoft is going back to a strategy of releasing a major product update every three years. This will be on par with the older version of Windows release prior to the launch of Windows 10, which was billed as the last version of Windows. That’s clearly not the case, as seen with the release of Windows 11.

A new report from Windows Central suggests that Microsoft is going back to its three-year life cycle for every Windows version. Hence, just like the old days when a new version of Windows launched every three years, we will see new Windows versions from now on. With that logic applied, the next major update to Windows 11 scheduled for 2023 has been scrapped and the team will now focus on releasing Windows 12 in 2024, says the report. Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement on this front.

Windows 12 to succeed Windows 11 in 2024

As for Windows 11, Microsoft will now release all its upcoming and experimental features as and when they are ready, instead of waiting for two big updates annually. The 22H2 update from Windows 11 will release soon and post that, the update rollout process will be different. Additionally, it is said that Windows 11 will continue to get support even after Windows 12 arrives – something that is happening with Windows 10 at the moment.

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Although Microsoft hasn’t confirmed anything, it seems releasing major updates as a next major update could help the company keep Windows PC relevant even as the world goes back to the pre-pandemic ways. The Windows 11 update was originally planned as a Windows 10 update, codenamed the Sun Valley. However, with all the UI changes as well as new features, Windows 11 seemed to make more sense, and it even caught a lot of attention.

All of this is in stark contrast to the promise of “Windows as a service” that came with Windows 10 back in 2015. Microsoft had said at the time that it would be the last version of Windows and new features would arrive as and when they are ready in yearly updates.

What will Windows 12 bring to the table? Will there be another major design change? Will it render older PCs useless in the same way as Windows 11 did?

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