Rumor: Microsoft plans to release new major versions of Windows every three years

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The following information should be taken with a grain of salt, as it has not been confirmed by Microsoft at this time.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft plans to move from the current release cycle of one feature update per year to a release cycle once every three years. Although it might seem like a step backwards at first glance, Microsoft plans to release frequent feature updates, which add new features to supported versions of Windows several times a year.

The plan looks like a complete reversal of Microsoft when it comes to release cycles. Windows 10 was released three years after Windows 8 and Windows 8 was released three years after Windows 7. However, not all classic versions of Windows were released three years after the previous version because Windows 7 was released only two years after Windows Vista , but there were always years between new major releases.

The introduction of Windows 10 changed the versions considerably. Microsoft moved to a faster release cycle and released two feature updates per year for some time; this changed with the release of Windows 11 and the move to the current annual feature update cycle.

If the rumors are true, Microsoft could again change the release cycle to three years. The next major release of Windows 11 is expected in 2024 according to the new release schedule. Windows 11 users will receive feature updates regularly, starting in 2023 according to Windows Central.

Windows Central estimates that Microsoft could release new features to the existing operating system up to four times a year.

Like the taskbar weather icon, which Microsoft rolled out directly to Windows installations and not as part of a major feature update, these updates will land on users’ systems after undergoing series testing on Insider machines.

Microsoft could bundle several features and include them in Windows system updates. A key benefit of the new approach is that administrators no longer need to upgrade to major Windows releases once or even twice a year. Admins would install major new upgrades every three years, which would take a lot of the weight off them.

Users also benefit from the decision because new features can be included more quickly in Windows. Under the current release cycle system, development teams had to wait until the fall before new features and improvements were released in stable versions of the operating system.

For Microsoft, this will remove development pressure and reduce the number of support requests.

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A three-year release cycle with frequent feature removals should appeal to the majority of system administrators and operating system users. Fewer installations of major system upgrades reduce the likelihood of major problems. New features may land earlier in Windows due to the move, which may seem counterintuitive at first.

It’s unclear whether Microsoft will keep the current naming scheme for updates and release Windows 11 version 24H2, in 2024, or change things up again. One possibility is the release of Windows 12 in 2024.

Now you: what is your opinion on this? Welcome to change? (via Deskmodder)

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Rumor: Microsoft plans to release new major versions of Windows every three years

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Rumor: Microsoft plans to release new major versions of Windows every three years

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New major versions of Windows could be released every three years instead of once a year. Find out what this would mean for users and administrators.

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Martin Brinkman

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