Tech giant Microsoft is likely changing how it releases critical versions of Windows again, which could mean the company may release Windows 12 in 2024.
Microsoft is going back to a three-year release cycle for Windows, which means the next major version of Windows is now due in 2024. This is another big change in how Microsoft develops Windows, The Verge reports.
The company initially moved away from its three-year cycle with the release of Windows 10 in 2015, prioritizing the idea of Windows as a service.
Instead of a significant release of features every three years in a new Windows release, Windows 10 was updated twice a year with major new features.
The report said that after a Microsoft employee described Windows 10 as “the ultimate version of Windows” by a Microsoft employee, citing Windows Central, many Windows watchers thought Windows 10 was Windows’ last big bang. will be released.
The tech giant never dismissed those comments and instead said at the time that they were “bringing new innovations and updates in a constant manner to the way Windows as a service will be delivered”.
That changed last year with Windows 11, and Microsoft moved into the annual update cadence for both 10 and 11.
With the next version of Windows due in 2024, Microsoft still has plans to keep Windows 11 fresh for years to come. The software maker has been moving away from its original promise of big annual updates for Windows 11 in recent months, preferring to ship key features once they’re ready.
The next major update, 22H2, is currently expected to arrive in September or October after Microsoft recently finalized it.