What you need to know
- Microsoft has confirmed that the next major OS update coming this fall will be dubbed "Windows 11 version 24H2."
- This confirms that the next release won't be called Windows 12, as some had speculated.
- This next release will focus on next-gen AI experiences and quality of life improvements.
Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Windows OS release expected this fall will be branded Windows 11, version 24H2, and not Windows 12 as some had previously speculated. The info was spotted in a recent Windows 11 preview build changelog, which confirms that this year's annual feature update will continue with the Windows 11 moniker:
"Starting with Build 26-xx today, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels will see the versioning updated under Settings > System > About (and winver) to version 24H2. This denotes that Windows 11, version 24H2 will be this year’s annual feature update. As mentioned here, Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence that releases in the second half of the calendar year."
Many had speculated that this upcoming release, which will be based on a new version of the Windows platform called Germanium, would ship as a "Windows 12" due to the heavy focus on next-gen AI experiences that are expected to headline this release. However, Microsoft has now confirmed that this will not be the case.
This makes sense, as Microsoft doesn't want to further fragment the Windows userbase with a third in-market version. Additionally, releasing the fall update as another Windows 11 feature update means all Windows 11 users will be able to update to it easily.
I wrote about why I think the next release won't be Windows 12 in-depth last week, and now Microsoft has confirmed those suspicions. With that said, this doesn't mean the upcoming next version of Windows 11 won't be a big update. We're expecting lots of new AI features, as well as general quality of life improvements as well.
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That's not a name, that's a code. The release won't have a proper name, only an internal code which doesn't stray far from a version number.Reply
Apparently they indeed want Windows 12 to be released a long time from now to avoid fragmentation as the rumors suggested.Reply
Releasing a Windows 12 would be a horrible idea, especially with how bad Windows 11 has been. I've had nothing but trouble with it on multiple systems. I've removed 11 from all but one windows tablet that shipped with 11. Even then it has constant problems. I needed to install VMware workstation and even the newest version of VMware workstation will not install on ANY version of windows 11. It is a horrible operating system that should never had been created. Windows 10 was supposed to be the "final" version of Windows ever to be created. And after 10 years that has only just started to be slightly stable. It still causes a ton of problems. The last good version of Windows Microsoft ever created was Windows 7, everything since has been just one failure after another. Anyone remember Windows Millenium Edition... Yeah, that looks good by comparison to everything from windows 8 onwards.Reply
"I needed to install VMware workstation and even the newest version of VMware workstation will not install on ANY version of windows 11."Reply
That sounds like a VMWare problem, not a Windows 11 problem. Windows 11 is clearly listed as a supported Host OS for VMWare Workstation 16.2, 17 and 17.5.
"Windows 10 was supposed to be the "final" version of Windows ever to be created."
No it wasn't. Jerry Nixon was wrong.
"And after 10 years that has only just started to be slightly stable."
Huh? Windows 10 is THE version used by corporations around the world. It has been very stable for many years.
So I guess I already have the not to be named Windows 12 since I'm already running Windows 11 24H2.Reply