Microsoft may release Windows 12 in Switch development cycle, 2024: Report

Microsoft is reportedly switching to a new development program for Windows. The company is expected to go back to its traditional three-year cycle, which could mean that the next major version could be released in 2024. This version could be Windows 12 if the company chooses to stick with its current naming trend, the report said. Microsoft is also expected to double down on releasing new features for the current version of Windows. The company recently finalized the 22H2 update for Windows 11, which is expected to arrive in September or October.

According to a report in Windows Central, the next major version of Windows by Microsoft – believed to be Windows 12 – is likely to be released in 2024. The company has reportedly scrapped the planned 2023 version of Windows 11, codenamed ‘Sun Valley 3’. Adopt this new schedule. Only a year ago, Microsoft announced that it was planning to release a major feature update for Windows 11. As per the report, it now plans to ship major versions of Windows every three years.

In between major releases, Microsoft is planning to increase the rollout of features for the latest version of Windows. Starting with the soon-to-be-released Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2), it is said to introduce new features four-five times a year. Previously, most Microsoft development teams reportedly had to wait for annual releases to bring in new features. But now, these teams are expected to be able to unveil these features soon. Microsoft is believed to have tested this ‘Moments’ approach earlier this year when it bundled taskbar improvements along with several other features. Now, it is expected to bring several new features from the reportedly defunct ‘Sun Valley 3’ in the form of the aforementioned ‘Moments’ update for ‘Sun Valley 2’.

Not much is known about the 2024 version of Windows. It is rumored that the developers have dubbed this version as the ‘Next Valley’ client. Microsoft has not officially confirmed the existence of this version.


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