I must stress that this is mostly speculation at this point in time, but there are certainly enough hints to suggest that a Windows 12 is well on the way.
At the Build 2023 developer conference, Microsoft dropped a hint that it is working on a “next-gen Windows”, which seems to imply Microsoft is already planning to launch a new iteration of Windows – most likely Windows 12. Microsoft had previously referred to a “Next Valley Prototype Design”, again indicating that a new Windows version is in the pipeline.
According to sources who attended the developer conference, Microsoft is experimenting with a “floating Taskbar” and references have been made to “deeply integrated AI features” for its next-gen Windows. We have suggested previously that the next Windows will be largely AI-driven and these reports tend to back up that assertion: Are We Heading For an AI-Driven Windows 12?
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The rumor mill is suggesting that Windows 12 (or whatever the final name might be) will be released sometime late in 2024, possibly in the third quarter, with a wider rollout slated for 2025.
The irony of all this is that, as a new Windows version is under discussion, Windows 11 is currently making substantial inroads into the overall Windows market share. Windows 10 still enjoys a healthy lead in the overall market share, but Windows 11 is steadily gaining ground, especially among the gaming community.