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Windows 12: Here’s what we know so far

It started as a quiet rumor, now the suspicion is confirmed: There will be a Windows 12. It’s not official, but Windows 11 isn’t even confirmed either. Read here what we know so far and why Windows 12 is likely to come.

Microsoft has not confirmed this – the Redmond company currently wants to continue with Windows 11, with two major updates per year. But let’s be honest, that’s what it said on Windows 10, wasn’t it? Within a few weeks, the vague rumors turned into a finished operating system. Now it looks like you are in the same situation again.

Windows Central insider and blogger Zac Bowden does the math: Windows XP and Windows 7 have been updated for 12 and 11 years, respectively. Windows 10 will be exactly a decade old when support ends in October 2025 as announced. Windows 11 was released 4 years before the end of support, i.e. in 2021. Assuming that support will last for another 10 years – i.e. until 2031 – a release of Windows 12 could see the light of day in the next 5 year. The only exception in this arithmetic game was Windows 8. Here the feature support ended after just 4 years. Bowden attributes this to the overwhelmingly poor response from the user community. According to Bowden and also to the technology blog Deskmodder, Windows 12 is already in an early planning phase – under the code name Next Valley – and should possibly be presented as early as 2024.

It also seems likely that the operating system will then – at least temporarily – be free. At least when updating Windows 11. This would continue the tradition that started with the update to Windows 10.

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What can Windows 12 do and what will it look like?

Of course, there are still no screenshots of an operating system whose development cannot even be proven with certainty. Maybe Microsoft itself didn’t even think of every detail.

However, a certain excitement broke out when Microsoft showed a so-called “mock-up” of an operating system at last week’s Ignite event: There you could see a floating taskbar and a search bar at the top. A widget panel and the action center have also been moved. A screenshot of it appeared on the FireCube Twitter account – which was then “recreated” by Zac Bowden.

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At the moment this is all pure speculation. A lot also depends, for example, on how other devices will develop – for example, foldable screens or other portable devices. Microsoft is still behind in some areas – and there isn’t a proper mobile version of Windows either. 2024 seems very early to us. However, we can imagine a different version of Windows.

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