Microsoft to release Windows 12 in 2024 in a new development cycle

Microsoft to release Windows 12 in 2024 in a new development cycle
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Microsoft has reportedly scrapped its Sun Valley 3 client update for Windows 11, and will be switching to a new development schedule for Windows which runs on a three-year cycle. This could mean the next major version might be released in 2024, according to a report by Windows Central.

The company is also expected to double down on its current version updates, releasing its recently finalized 22H2 update for Windows 11 sometime in September or October, and then continuing to roll out features on a quarterly basis, up to four or five times a year.

This is a change from their traditional schedule, where developers had to wait for the annual tentpole release to bring out new features. 

Microsoft reportedly tested this ‘Moments’ approach earlier this year when it bundled the Taskbar improvements with other features. Now, it is expected to bring several new features from the scrapped Sun Valley 3 update as the ‘Moments’ update for Sun Valley 2.

According to the latest reports, the next update will be dubbed the ‘Next Valley’ update. Whether this Next Valley update is the same as the Windows 12 update following a new naming convention remains unclear. 

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