After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft has finally revealed the name of the highly-anticipated next version of Windows – and it’s not the expected Windows 12. Instead, get ready for Windows 11, version 24H2!
This new update will bring exciting enhancements and improvements to the existing Windows 11 experience rather than an entirely new operating system. The 24H2 designation indicates this is the second major feature update for Windows 11 in 2022.
According to Microsoft, Windows 11 24H2 will include security, management, and productivity upgrades. Eye-catching additions like tabs in File Explorer and suggested actions when copying phone numbers or dates are slated to boost user efficiency.
The update will be slowly rolled out later this year, continuing Microsoft’s commitment to frequent Windows refreshes. While some fans may be disappointed by the lack of Windows 12, Microsoft says Windows 11 still has much more potential.
According to Windows Insider reports from Microsoft, this year’s annual feature update will retain the name Windows 11.
Beginning with build 26-xx, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev channels will notice the updated numbering in Settings > System > About (and Winver) to version 24H2.
This suggests that Windows 11, version 24H2, will be the upcoming annual feature update, slated to launch in the second half of the calendar year.
Why not Windows 12?
Many enthusiasts speculated that the upcoming version, based on a new Windows platform codenamed Germanium, might be named Windows 12, given its focus on next-generation AI experiences. However, Microsoft’s decision to stick with the Windows 11 brand appears sensible.
Introducing a third version would potentially fragment the Windows user base further. By sticking with Windows 11, Microsoft ensures that all Windows 11 users can seamlessly upgrade to the latest version.
Additionally, Microsoft recognizes user reluctance to install new Windows versions, prioritizing widespread adoption of the next version to continue advancing artificial intelligence, which is Microsoft’s current focal point.
What to expect from Windows 11 24H2
While it won’t be named Windows 12, the upcoming version of Windows 11, 24H2, is poised to be a significant update. As mentioned earlier, AI and Copilot will be at the forefront of this update, shaping a new “Windows 11 AI” experience with an enhanced Windows Shell powered by this technology.
Unlike the leaked interface change resembling MacOS in 2023, we don’t anticipate major interface alterations. Microsoft is likely saving that for Windows 12 and will focus on preserving familiarity to encourage users to upgrade to the next version seamlessly.