You must anticipate the next client operating system if you are fully immersed in the Windows ecosystem like us. Looking forward to Windows 12 is not to say Windows 11 has not lived up to expectations since its release on October 5, 2021. However, after a few years, it is only natural for a new Windows to be in the pipes. This article will walk you through what may or may not be. This may be highly speculative, but following the news and the Windows ecosystem for decades, we may be close to the mark. Let us dive right in.

Windows 12 – Release Date Estimations

About three years after realizing Windows 11, we are ripe for the next OS, which will likely be released in 2024. At the moment, this is all we may know of the release time, and we will need to be patient to get any further information.

The Windows 12 OS may follow the usual pattern and come in the autumn, or at the very least some time in the second part of the year. That said, Microsoft has denied rumors of developing Windows 12, but because the release date is still a ways off, they may be just keeping things under a tight lid.

One piece of info we are sure of is that Microsoft is planning on implementing Moments. This feature will see update rollouts during the product cycle, giving as many as 4 updates per annum within the 3-year product cycle of the operating system.

New Design and User Interface

The interface is one of the more prominent types of change we have with OS releases, so we may expect Microsoft to keep up with the trend. There may be tweaks to elements like the Start menu, the taskbar, and the general feel of the desktop. There are a few leaked prototypes, but there is no way of telling if they will look like the final product.

However, keeping in line with older OS releases, you will expect a more personalized experience as well as more consistency across devices.

Improved Performance and Efficiency

We expect faster updates on Windows 12 with an introduction of state separation. This feature would reserve and restrict certain parts of the OS so that they are reserved for Windows updates.

Users should also experience longer battery life on newer devices running the OS, especially laptops and tablets since they will be built to be more effective and efficient.

New Features and Functionality

As we explore the features and functionality, it is apparent that the new Windows 12 will integrate a lot of AI features. Artificial intelligence has been the rage. The creation of ChatGPT has seemed to be an eye-opener, and almost every tech element in today’s market is integrating one form of AI or the other. We expect a lot of AI features on Windows 12.

A large portion of the PC market is made up of gamers, and Windows 12 customers expect better gaming performance. So we may see better graphical support, quicker load times, and more fluid gameplay.

Greater Security and Privacy

Users are constantly concerned about security, and Microsoft may try to enhance security in Windows 12. Microsoft may concentrate on improving security to give consumers a more secure operating system as cyberattacks become more common. According to experts, Windows 12 will significantly enhance both the firewall and the integrated Windows Defender to better shield users against harmful attacks.

How to Prepare for Windows 12

As you prepare for Windows 12, there are a few questions most people would love to ask. Will it be a free update, would they be forced to update, and would you be able to run it on your current computers? Let us conclude by answering these questions.

Will the New Windows 12 Be a Free Upgrade for Windows 11 Users?

Will the New Windows 12 Be a Free Upgrade for Windows 11 Users

Thank goodness, a paid update is improbable. It is only expected that Microsoft will keep providing significant Windows upgrades at no cost to current Windows customers, as it has done for a number of years. Windows 12 won’t be free, so you’ll still need to purchase it if you don’t already have a Windows license.

Though it seems doubtful, there have been some rumors that Microsoft may launch a subscription service for Windows 12. Windows 12 is free of charge for continuous use. Naturally, just as with earlier versions, if you’re creating a custom PC and don’t currently have a valid Windows 10 or 11 license, you’ll still need to purchase one.

Will There Be a Forced Windows 12 Upgrade?

No is most likely the response to this. Microsoft’s drive to force people to install new versions of Windows has slowed down considerably. Users of Windows 10 can still choose to update to Windows 11, which is likely the case for all upcoming Windows versions.

If the support period for your current version of Windows is almost over, you may have to update to a new version.

Will I Need a New PC to Run Windows 12?

As far as minimum system requirements go, Windows 11 raised the bar. More than with other releases, you had old computers that would not just work with the new OS. We may expect the same occurrence since tech is rapidly growing and changing. However, most recent computers should still work with Windows 12.

Moving Into A New OS

That is as much as we cover in this guide. As we look forward to moving into a new Windows OS, there is obviously a lot to be excited about. Will Windows 12 leave up to the billing, or will it be as underperforming as some users thought Windows 8 was? Our fingers are crossed.

In case you missed!