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Windows 12 – Release, System-Requirements, Innovations

Ever since the release of Windows 10, it’s clear that Microsoft is willing, to everyone’s amazement, to spontaneously change its own update schedule. It was originally claimed that Windows 10 would be the last Windows and would only be updated through minor, frequent updates. However, Microsoft later switched to a cadence of two major updates per year, and now there is only one major update per year. At first, new functions were only introduced in these feature updates, but later the manufacturer relaxed this rule and now also releases major innovations via optional updates.

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If you ignore these updates, the innovations are automatically distributed with the major updates every month on the Windows patch day. In November 2022, however, Microsoft also deviated from this rule and switched to a new update model called “Moments“, which provides up to four feature updates per year for users. The first update Moment 1 brought tabs in Windows Explorer, among other things. The last update, released at the end of February 2023, offers an AI search and many other innovations. Although it is not certain that Windows 12 will actually be released in 2024, it is becoming more and more likely.

Windows 12 – Release, System-Requirements, Innovations

Ever since the release of Windows 10, it’s clear that Microsoft is willing, to everyone’s amazement, to spontaneously change its own update schedule. It was originally claimed that Windows 10 would be the last Windows and would only be updated through minor, frequent updates. However, Microsoft later switched to a cadence of two major updates per year, and now there is only one major update per year. At first, new functions were only introduced in these feature updates, but later the manufacturer relaxed this rule and now also releases major innovations via optional updates.

windows12 release systemanforderungen

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If you ignore these updates, the innovations are automatically distributed with the major updates every month on the Windows patch day. In November 2022, however, Microsoft also deviated from this rule and switched to a new update model called “Moments“, which provides up to four feature updates per year for users. The first update Moment 1 brought tabs in Windows Explorer, among other things. The last update, released at the end of February 2023, offers an AI search and many other innovations. Although it is not certain that Windows 12 will actually be released in 2024, it is becoming more and more likely.

When will Windows 12 be released?

When will Windows 12 be released?

Windows 12 is rumored to be released in 2024. In the summer of 2022, Twitter leaker XenoPanther discovered signs that Microsoft was already working on version 3.2 of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), the architecture for display drivers in Windows. This could be an indication of the Windows 12 launch date. Job postings from chip maker Qualcomm in India may also refer to this version. The technology portal Neowin speculated that WDDM 3.2 could be reserved for Windows 12 and also gave the start date of 2024. The year refers to insider information, according to which Microsoft would like to return to a three-year cycle for major versions of Windows. Windows 7 and Windows 8 were also released three years apart.

If Microsoft is actually planning to replace the unpopular Windows 11 with a new operating system as early as 2024, the hardware manufacturers would of course have to be informed about this at an early stage. An article by the graphics card portal VideoCardz, which was published at the end of February 2023, also indicates that this is probably already the case. A leaker known as TLC recently released internal documents on Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake CPU family that mention the “Windows 12” designation.

Windows 12 is rumored to be released in 2024. In the summer of 2022, Twitter leaker XenoPanther discovered signs that Microsoft was already working on version 3.2 of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), the architecture for display drivers in Windows. This could be an indication of the Windows 12 launch date. Job postings from chip maker Qualcomm in India may also refer to this version. The technology portal Neowin speculated that WDDM 3.2 could be reserved for Windows 12 and also gave the start date of 2024. The year refers to insider information, according to which Microsoft would like to return to a three-year cycle for major versions of Windows. Windows 7 and Windows 8 were also released three years apart.

If Microsoft is actually planning to replace the unpopular Windows 11 with a new operating system as early as 2024, the hardware manufacturers would of course have to be informed about this at an early stage. An article by the graphics card portal VideoCardz, which was published at the end of February 2023, also indicates that this is probably already the case. A leaker known as TLC recently released internal documents on Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake CPU family that mention the “Windows 12” designation.

What will be new in Windows 12?

What will be new in Windows 12?

It was already announced in early 2023 that Microsoft was relying on a new generation of processors for Windows 12. At the CES technology fair, Windows boss Panos Panay expressed his enthusiasm for CPUs with dedicated AI engines that should lead Windows into a promising future. It quickly became clear that the billion dollar investment in ChatGPT is aimed at Windows 12 and represents Microsoft’s major AI update. Although there are no official announcements yet, Microsoft manager Yusuf Mehdi has confirmed to the news magazine The Verge that the Windows 11 successor is already in the works and is based on OpenAI artificial intelligence technologies. The AI will play a role in “future versions of Windows”.

According to reports, both Intel and AMD are building more powerful AI processors into their chips. Intel’s “Meteor Lake” processors are expected to deliver new AI capabilities when they launch in 2023/2024. With the most recent Moment 2 update, Microsoft has already integrated its AI-supported Bing search into the Windows 11 taskbar, but it only opens the Bing website. With Windows 12, however, more profound changes are to be expected.

The new Windows version 12 is to be fundamentally modernized and is working on a project called “CorePC“. It is said to be a modular concept that is intended to make Windows more flexible and competitive with more modern operating systems such as Chrome OS. If the rumors are true, Windows 12 runs on different platforms and only places the necessary components there. In addition, it should enable different Windows editions with different ranges of functions and app support – depending on requirements. A central goal of this “core PC” is the outsourcing of system, programs and user data into separate and partly write-protected partitions, similar to iPadOS and Android. This should ensure faster updates, more security and greater reliability.

If the whole thing sounds familiar to you: Microsoft had already experimented with the technology with the never released Windows 10 X, at that time under the name “Windows Core OS”. Unlike the Windows 11 predecessor, Windows 12 is not to be developed from scratch, but – the other way around – simplified. In this way, the outdated Win32 support for conventional PC programs should also be retained. With Windows Core OS, the technology was still on the hit list in favor of the newer UWP apps (Universal Windows Platform).

It was already announced in early 2023 that Microsoft was relying on a new generation of processors for Windows 12. At the CES technology fair, Windows boss Panos Panay expressed his enthusiasm for CPUs with dedicated AI engines that should lead Windows into a promising future. It quickly became clear that the billion dollar investment in ChatGPT is aimed at Windows 12 and represents Microsoft’s major AI update. Although there are no official announcements yet, Microsoft manager Yusuf Mehdi has confirmed to the news magazine The Verge that the Windows 11 successor is already in the works and is based on OpenAI artificial intelligence technologies. The AI will play a role in “future versions of Windows”.

According to reports, both Intel and AMD are building more powerful AI processors into their chips. Intel’s “Meteor Lake” processors are expected to deliver new AI capabilities when they launch in 2023/2024. With the most recent Moment 2 update, Microsoft has already integrated its AI-supported Bing search into the Windows 11 taskbar, but it only opens the Bing website. With Windows 12, however, more profound changes are to be expected.

The new Windows version 12 is to be fundamentally modernized and is working on a project called “CorePC“. It is said to be a modular concept that is intended to make Windows more flexible and competitive with more modern operating systems such as Chrome OS. If the rumors are true, Windows 12 runs on different platforms and only places the necessary components there. In addition, it should enable different Windows editions with different ranges of functions and app support – depending on requirements. A central goal of this “core PC” is the outsourcing of system, programs and user data into separate and partly write-protected partitions, similar to iPadOS and Android. This should ensure faster updates, more security and greater reliability.

If the whole thing sounds familiar to you: Microsoft had already experimented with the technology with the never released Windows 10 X, at that time under the name “Windows Core OS”. Unlike the Windows 11 predecessor, Windows 12 is not to be developed from scratch, but – the other way around – simplified. In this way, the outdated Win32 support for conventional PC programs should also be retained. With Windows Core OS, the technology was still on the hit list in favor of the newer UWP apps (Universal Windows Platform).

Windows 12 System Requirements

Windows 12 System Requirements

Microsoft banned many Windows 10 computers from the free upgrade and delayed moving to Windows 11 because the system requirements were too high. That’s why many Windows fans fear that the hardware requirements for the next version of Windows will be even higher. According to Deskmodder, the new requirements are already set and require the same generation of processors (Intel 8, AMD Zen 2, Qualcomm 7) and the TPM 2.0 security module. However, there are no concerns about Microsoft’s Pluton security chip, which as a cryptoprocessor offers better protection against malware by providing and increasing the security features of TPM 2.0. Pluton is currently only available on devices with Ryzen 6000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processors, which is why Microsoft is likely to waive a requirement for the time being.

Rumor has it that Windows 12 will require at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, as opposed to Windows 11, which runs on 4 gigabytes of RAM. This could be due to the integration of cloud PC in Windows, which will play an important role in Windows 12. Insiders spotted a feature in Windows 11 Preview Build 25314 in March 2023 that allows cloud PCs to be integrated directly from Windows Settings. Cloud apps can either be viewed on the virtual desktop using the Win + Tab key combination in Task View (active applications), or opened in coherence mode from the Start menu or taskbar.

So far, of course, you still have to work with a lot of conjunctions when it comes to Windows 12, but I think that with so many hints from different sources, the release of a new Windows version is definitely in the not too distant future. With regard to data protection, especially in the EU, it will also be exciting to see how the AI implementation will be implemented.

Also interesting: The history of Windows – From the beginning to today

Microsoft banned many Windows 10 computers from the free upgrade and delayed moving to Windows 11 because the system requirements were too high. That’s why many Windows fans fear that the hardware requirements for the next version of Windows will be even higher. According to Deskmodder, the new requirements are already set and require the same generation of processors (Intel 8, AMD Zen 2, Qualcomm 7) and the TPM 2.0 security module. However, there are no concerns about Microsoft’s Pluton security chip, which as a cryptoprocessor offers better protection against malware by providing and increasing the security features of TPM 2.0. Pluton is currently only available on devices with Ryzen 6000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processors, which is why Microsoft is likely to waive a requirement for the time being.

Rumor has it that Windows 12 will require at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, as opposed to Windows 11, which runs on 4 gigabytes of RAM. This could be due to the integration of cloud PC in Windows, which will play an important role in Windows 12. Insiders spotted a feature in Windows 11 Preview Build 25314 in March 2023 that allows cloud PCs to be integrated directly from Windows Settings. Cloud apps can either be viewed on the virtual desktop using the Win + Tab key combination in Task View (active applications), or opened in coherence mode from the Start menu or taskbar.

So far, of course, you still have to work with a lot of conjunctions when it comes to Windows 12, but I think that with so many hints from different sources, the release of a new Windows version is definitely in the not too distant future. With regard to data protection, especially in the EU, it will also be exciting to see how the AI implementation will be implemented.

Also interesting: The history of Windows – From the beginning to today

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