Microsoft confirms next version of Windows… but it’s not Windows 12
In recent weeks there has been much talk that Microsoft appears to be preparing the launch of the next version of its operating system, which according to some indications, pointed to the launch of Windows 12. However, the company has now spoken about that launch which is scheduled for next fall, and it will be Windows 11 24H2.
The information was identified in a changelog of the latest Windows 11 preview build, which confirms that this year’s annual feature update will continue with the same name:
“Starting with Build 26-xx, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels will see versioning updated in Settings > System > About (and winver) to version 24H2. This indicates that Windows 11, version 24H2 will be the annual feature of this year update.
As mentioned above, this reveals that the operating system will have an annual cadence of feature updates, and that these will be released in the second half of the calendar year.
Windows 12 will have to wait
Many speculated that this next release, which will be based on a new version of the operating system called Germanium, and that this would be released in the form of “Windows 12” due to the strong focus on Artificial Intelligence experiences and which should be the main attraction of this release. However, Microsoft has now confirmed that this will not be the case.
And thinking about it, this makes perfect sense, as Microsoft does not want to further fragment the user base of its operating systems with a third version on the market. Additionally, releasing the Fall Update as another W11 feature update means that all W11 users will be able to update it easily and without special hardware needs.
For now we can only wait with some patience, as this launch will only happen in October or November of this year, and until then, a lot will certainly be said, revealed, shown and even announced.« Breakout: Apex Legends’ next season gets new trailer
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