When Windows 10 launched in 2015, Microsoft had said it would be the “last version of Windows”, with the operating system getting major feature updates every six months. However, the Redmond giant released the Windows 11 operating system for laptops and PCs in October last year.
According to a new report from Windows Central, Microsoft is already planning to release its next operating system, Windows 12, in the year 2024. It appears that the company plans to return to the traditional three-year release cycle for major versions of the Windows client.
For example, Windows Vista debuted in 2007, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 in 2012, and Windows 10 in 2015. While Windows 11 debuted in late 2021, Microsoft may release Windows 12 by the year 2024 in line with its policy of new operating systems every three years. bring out.
“According to my sources, Microsoft now plans to ship “major” versions of the Windows client every three years, with the next release currently scheduled for 2024, three years after Windows 11 ships in 2021,” the Windows Central statement said. report.
The report says that Microsoft has scrapped the originally planned 2023 client release of Windows (codenamed Sun Valley 3), scheduled for next year, and therefore plans to wait until 2024 to release the Windows 12 operating system. However, this does not mean that Windows 11 users will not get updates. In fact, the company plans to release new features up to four times a year from 2023 for current Windows 11 users.
Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2), Microsoft plans to introduce new features and experiences at key times throughout the year, not necessarily bundled with major system OS updates, but as part of smaller updates.
These new smaller updates called “Moments” are released periodically for users running Windows 11 version 22H2. For example, Microsoft has already tested the system with the rollout of the weather button on the taskbar as part of “Windows 11 Moments”. The report also notes that several features included in next year’s Sun Valley 3 release will be added to Moments updates on top of Sun Valley 2.
In the past, Microsoft released updates for every Windows version for about 10 years from the time they were launched. This includes Windows 10, which will receive updates until at least 2025. However, if Microsoft decides to follow a steady cadence of introducing a new operating system every three years, it’s unknown what this would mean for Windows 11 support beyond 2024.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce this change, as it is an internal plan, meaning it may still change in the future. With the release of Windows 11 in 2021, development is probably still at an early stage. We will have to wait and watch. Stay tuned for more updates!