When Will Windows 12 Be Launched?

Is Microsoft planning to launch Windows 12? Well, the company has neither denied nor accepted the possibility of Windows 12. Going by how things have turned out at Microsoft over the decades, it is quite possible that Windows 12 can be launched. Here are some important things you need to know to understand when will Windows 12 be released.

Windows 11 was a surprise

Just a few years back, Microsoft used to tell folks that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. It was stated that Windows 10 will be continually updated, but won’t be launched as a different brand. However, Microsoft surprised everyone when it launched Windows 11 in October 2021. Nobody had a clue about it, as Microsoft had kept things tightly under wraps. There are talks that Windows 12 may already be under development without any possibility of leaks before its actual launch.

Something new creates interest

Windows operating system started out as Windows 1.01 in 1985. Over the years, several new versions were launched such as Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows Me, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. When new features are added, it is natural to give a new name to the latest version.

It helps to get people’s attention and also aids in sales and promotion. Most other products such as smartphones, mobile OS, etc. have followed this strategy. It’s surprising why Windows had earlier decided to stick with Windows 10 name. Thankfully, it changed its strategy and launched Windows 11. This suggests that Windows 12 could one day become a reality.

New technologies

New technologies and features are being launched every year. This limits the workable life of operating systems. Security is a key concern that necessitates the shift to a better, more secure operating system. For example, Windows 11 supports new technologies such as TPM and Secure Boot. New technologies that may become available in future may make Windows 11 obsolete or inefficient or less secure. That’s where a new version will be needed, which could be Windows 12.

Will Windows 12 be free?

Probably Yes. In the past, licensed users have been allowed to upgrade to the latest version free of cost. Windows 10 users can still upgrade to Windows 11, provided that their machines support the hardware requirements. On the same lines, Windows 12 is likely to be free as well for licensed users.

When will Windows 12 be released?

As the new Windows 11 was recently released, it may take several years for Windows 12 to be launched. Rough estimates suggest that Windows 12 could take up to 2030 to be released. However, depending on factors that only Microsoft is aware of, Windows 12 could be launched much sooner. It takes several years to develop a new OS, so it will take time. It will also depend on the number of updates Microsoft is planning to introduce with Windows 12.

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