Is Microsoft already working on Windows 12?

Patrick Devaney


When Microsoft released Windows 10 it was supposed to be a forever browser that would receive constant updates. However, here we are almost a year into Windows 11’s tenure as Microsoft’s flagship operating system and there is news that it might not even be that long before we end up moving on to Windows 12. Let’s have a look at what is going on.

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We are not far off from the rollout of the first major Windows 11 update called Sun Valley 2. Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be releasing major updates like this on a 1-year release cycle, meaning that next year the company was planning on releasing Sun Valley 3. Now, however, it seems that the company has decided to pull back from that 12-month major update release cycle, instead opting for a more conservative three-year release cycle. This change has led some to speculate that when that next major update comes, it might actually be a new version of Windows altogether.

Is Microsoft already working on Windows 12?

So, what does all this mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that Windows 11 is going to remain a static piece of software for the next three years. Rather, Microsoft is committing to rolling out new Windows features at different points throughout the year. The company is shifting to a more fluid update schedule rather than bunching feature updates into major updates, which may actually mean that we get more Windows 11 updates rather than less.

In fairness though, this switch only adds to speculation that the new major update coming in 2024 will be a brand-new version of Windows altogether. Some media outlets are even running polls on what the name of this new operating system should be.

For now, however, as a Windows 11 user, you do not have to worry. The Sun Valley 2 update is still on the horizon, and we will continue to keep you updated on any other major updates or Windows 11 news.

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