Microsoft’s next major Windows release, speculated to be called Windows 12, may arrive sometime in 2024 – according to hints from Intel.
Speaking at the recent Citi 2023 Global Technology Conference, Intel suggested 2024 would see an “update in Windows” that could spur demand for new PCs. While not directly named, this likely points to the successor to Windows 11.
Microsoft officially resumed a three-year client OS release cadence starting with Windows 11 in 2021. This implies the following major version, Windows 12, would logically target 2024.
Further fueling rumors, leaked specs of Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake chip mention support for Windows 12. As new Intel hardware often coincides with fresh Windows launches, this reinforces the 2024 timeline.
The Citi Conference saw Intel highlight how new Windows versions can make existing hardware feel outdated. The company predicts Windows 12 will create sales catalysts for new PCs – and therefore Intel components.
While Microsoft has not officially announced Windows 12 plans, Intel may have accidentally spilled the beans early. The next couple years promise major changes for Microsoft’s OS, potentially including a more modular architecture and UI refinements.
Windows 12 may also retire the divisive Windows 11 system requirements, opening the door to more legacy device upgrades. With Intel gearing up for the launch, consumers can start anticipating what’s next for Windows likely in 2024.