Microsoft Confirms Windows 11 version 24H2 Will be Next Major Update, Not Windows 12

The next major Windows update will arrive later this year.

  • Windows 11 version 24H2 will mainly focus on offering next-gen AI experiences.
  • Windows 11 will continue to follow an annual feature update cadence.
  • The announcement also means Windows 12 is not coming this year.

Microsoft has announced that the next major Windows update will be called Windows 11 version 24H2 and it will come with some experiences powered by artifiical intelligence (AI). The announcement was made via the latest Windows Insider Blog post about the new Preview Build. The confirmation has essentially debunked all the speculations about the next Windows update being Windows 12.

The post reveals Windows 11 will continue with the annual feature update cadence. It added, “Starting with Build 26-xx today, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels will see the versioning updated under Settings > System > About (and winver) to version 24H2.”

It is important to note that Microsoft never officially discussed Windows 12’s existence. The speculations were primarily based on statements from executives of other tech companies like Qualcomm and Intel. As things stand now, Windows 12 is not coming anytime soon.

Windows 11 version 24H2 Feature Update: What to Expect?

Windows 11 version 24H2 feature update will primarily focus on next-gen AI experiences. The exact details about these AI experiences are unknown, but more details should be made available in the coming months. Microsoft’s decision to bet heavily on AI is a natural choice considering this is seen as the next major frontier in the world of technology.

AI gives Microsoft an edge over rivals such as Google, which have dominated the search and internet business for decades. Meanwhile, Google itself has rebranded Bard AI to Gemini and introduced a paid plan last week, which is widely seen as a response to Microsoft and OpenAI’s AI ambitions.

The next major Windows update is expected to arrive during the second half of the year. If we talk about the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052, it introduces sudo command support for command-line users. The team has added hearing aid improvements and the ability to test mic audio in different processing modes.