Microsoft plans to return to a more conventional release cycle, meaning Windows 12 won’t be released until 2024

Microsoft plans to return to a more conventional release cycle, meaning Windows 12 won't be released until 2024

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  • The newest possible version of Windows 11 is known as 22H2 (or Sun Valley 2), with a successor (appropriately dubbed Sun Valley 3) thought to follow in 2023. In keeping with the Redmond giant’s new publicly-stated goal of 1 Feature Update per year, it has been projected to emerge as a full upgrade to version 12. However, a new leak on the matter purports to shoot this idea dead in the water.

  • As Microsoft switches back to a more conventional release cycle, Windows 12 will not be released until 2024. Windows 11 may be in use for longer than initially anticipated. Microsoft is the source. Windows 11 may be in use for longer than initially anticipated. Microsoft had previously stated that it planned to release one major Feature Update for its flagship PC operating system each year, which suggested that Windows 12 might be released as early as 2023. The Redmond behemoth, however, has reportedly been forced to abandon these plans, delaying the main upgrade until 2024 and replacing it with a brand-new, update-independent programme.

According to WindowsCentral’s sources, Microsoft has fallen short of its aim to increase the frequency of updates to 1 per year already, and has thus shifted its aspirations back down to a 3-year cycle instead. Accordingly, as Windows 11 launched in 2021, this pushes the debut of its major upgrade back to 2024.

Nevertheless, Microsoft will still be capable of pushing new, potentially more Windows 12-esque, features out on a more regular basis. This, apparently, will be done via a new alternative route called Moments, already credited with pushing the new weather button on the Taskbar found in the newest Windows 11 updates. Accordingly, any novel additions to the OS could become more like feature drops rather than updates in the immediate future, at least until Windows 12 eventually arrives in the next 2 years or more.

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