Windows 11 has been available for a few months, but there are already rumors that Microsoft is working on a successor.
This time last year, the prospect of a brand new version of Windows seemed very unlikely. Microsoft in 2015
Windows 10 as the “Ultimate Version of Windows”
Specified and later banned this statement. Initially, new functions were added with major updates twice a year. After the introduction of Windows 11, these function updates for Windows 10 are only available annually.
With the release of Windows 11, which went from an abstract concept to an official announcement within a few weeks, the company had thrown Windows 10 plans overboard in autumn 2021 anyway. To cancel
Microsoft influenced the decision, but Satya Nadella and company had apparently been considering a new desktop operating system for some time.
Since there is currently no assurance about the lifespan of Windows 11, one can assume that there will be a successor at some point. But the question is, can the new generation be released sooner than thought? Rumors of a possible Windows 12 are already circulating and a source claims that development is already in full swing. Let’s summarize all the information and rumours.
Is Windows 12 already on the way?
most likely yes! Windows XP and Windows 7 have received updates for 12 and 11 years respectively, while Windows 10 will be a decade old when support ends in October 2025. Windows 8 is the exception, with four years of mainstream support, but that’s largely due to negative reception. If Microsoft continues this trend, Windows 11 will be out sometime between 2031 and 2033. When that happens, a new version of Windows has to be released a few years before.
However, there are rumors that Windows 12 may appear much earlier. german technology page
It is suspected that Microsoft will start preparations from March 2022. The article invokes “our information”, but also refers to a deleted tweet.
Which has since become a joke:
When will Windows 12 be released?
The tweet casts doubt on the accuracy of DeskModer’s report. But even if that turns out to be true, it may still be a long time before Windows 12 arrives. New operating systems usually take years to develop, especially if they are not based on the Windows 10 “underpinnings” that Windows 11 uses.
Given how Microsoft surprised us with the launch of Windows 11, it’s impossible to predict when Windows 12 will be announced. The company also appears to be quite effective in stopping major leaks pending official disclosure.
Will Windows 12 be free?
At least at first it will be free. Lastly, Microsoft also offered a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Updating to Windows 11 doesn’t cost a penny, provided the device meets the hardware requirements. As of now, there is no indication that Microsoft will be discontinuing this offer anytime soon. If that’s the case, then Windows 11 should cost as much as it is now
Once Windows 12 is released, it will almost certainly be free for some time. Microsoft will certainly be keen to attract more and more users to the new operating system.
Will Windows 12 have different hardware requirements?
It’s a possibility, but it’s impossible to predict what it will look like. While laptops and PCs have shared the same basic design for decades, many other specifications have changed significantly over the years.
Windows 11 Hardware Requirements
There are controversial, but security features like TPM and Secure Boot will only become more important to Microsoft in the future.
You will need a recent Intel, AMD or Qualcomm chip for a Windows 12 machine. But by then other chip makers may have become popular as well. Expect that to increase to the current minimum requirements of 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 720p display.
What are the new features in Windows 12?
At the moment we don’t know enough to predict the new features in Windows 12. At this early stage, Microsoft might not even know it.
Windows 11 will get new features throughout 2022, and many more new features are yet to come before anything is known about Windows 12. There was once a rumor that the “Sun Valley 2” update (Windows 11 was originally named “Sun Valley”) could be Windows 12. In the meantime, however, it is clear that this is Windows 11 version 22H2.
We believe that Windows 12 will be developed from scratch and will not be based on its predecessor. This is exactly what we saw with Windows 10X before many features were built into Windows 11. This opens up the possibility of a radically different design, although major changes may not go down well with the larger Windows user base.
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