Microsoft is altering the way it releases main variations of Windows once more, and it might imply we see a Home Windows 12 launch in 2024. Windows Central reports that Microsoft is shifting again to a three-year launch cycle for windows which means the next major version of Windows is now due in 2024. It’s another big change to how Microsoft develops Windows.
Microsoft Moved Away From Three-Year Launch Cycle
Microsoft originally 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 big release of features every three years in a new Windows release, Windows 10 was updated twice a year with big new features. For years, many Windows watchers thought Windows 10 would be the last big bang release of Windows after a Microsoft employee described Windows 10 as “the last version of Windows.”
Microsoft Adapting The Old Plan With Release Of Windows 11
Later Microsoft dismissed the idea of windows 10 being the last version of Windows and once again adapted the older plan of rebranding Windows with the release of Windows 11 last year.
So What Can The Users Expect?
Given Microsoft’s move to the Windows 11 branding, it’s reasonable to expect that any future major version of Windows would also see a branding change. We haven’t seen Microsoft adopt Windows 11.1 or 11.2 with its major Windows 11 updates so far, so many experts are now sure that Windows 12 is on the way.
Microsoft Will Still Keep Windows 11 Fresh In The Years Ahead
You can now install Windows 11's next big update (22H2) right now in Release Preview. It includes new Start menu folders, new touch gestures, drag and drop for the taskbar, an updated Task Manager, Live Captions, and much more. Full details here: https://t.co/8azNda9pHl pic.twitter.com/XyJ5jAUY3C— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 7, 2022
Alongside the next version of Windows in 2024, Microsoft still has plans to keep Windows 11 fresh in the years ahead. The software maker has been moving away from its original promise of big annual updates for Windows 11 in recent months, preferring to ship major features once they’re ready. The next major update, 22H2, is expected to arrive in September or October after it was recently finalized by Microsoft.