Windows 12 Won’t Be a Big Bang Release. Here’s Why… – This Week in IT

Posted on July 22, 2022 by Russell Smith in Podcasts, This Week in IT with 7 Comments

Is Microsoft scrapping next year’s big update for Windows 11? And will it instead have a major update for Windows in 2024, which is three years after Windows 11 launched. A report this week suggests that Microsoft is planning big changes again to its Windows development cycle that should please enterprises and consumers alike.

Windows 12

In this video, I talk about the possible changes Microsoft has yet to confirm for its Windows update schedule. In the video, I mistakenly say that Windows on ARM doesn’t have translation for Win32 apps. That is incorrect. Nevertheless, it doesn’t change my predictions on what the focus will be in the 2024 release. Let me know what you think Microsoft will focus on in the comments on YouTube!

Could Microsoft release Windows 12 in 2024?

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7 responses to “Windows 12 Won’t Be a Big Bang Release. Here’s Why… – This Week in IT”

  1. Maverick010

    I believe the 3yr big bang schedule is for a few reasons.


    I do not believe it is due to Windows losing any momentum in the consumer space that changed this, but more likely, this allows Microsoft to realign Windows to build a solid foundation for security and features along with being aligned more or less with Windows Server LTSB starting with the next big LTSB of server which I believe also launches in 2024.


    The feature update part allows them to now be as quick in launching new functionality and app updates more frequently and makes it easy to keep up with competition as well. No team is held back entirely due to waiting on the main plumbing of Windows.


    I also think it in part has to do with Android and iOS/Mac OS continue to advance their version numbers, so Imation you are using Windows 11 with say similar features as Android 14 or iOS 17, but to some customers, 11 is lower or older than 14 or 17 and it could be perception too.


    Ultimately there can be several reasons for the shift, and I am sure we will find out some of it sooner than later while the real big bang may be saved for closer to launch of the said Windows 12. I for one am looking forward to it, as I think it gives MS a way to also break rapid cycle cadence on the bigger updates that affect more or less under the hood issues, giving them more time to do through building and testing of the plumbing in Windows before launching (Now we know no OS can come out of the gate perfect, but it may help them catch more bugs and issues they can fix, prior to RTM). Maybe we will get big bang OS surprises again too. Time to get the popcorn out and watch this unfold.

  2. wright_is

    What was with the inserts of an iPad unboxing and a guy spraying his face with water, whilst talking about Windows 12? That came over a big strange...


    I think Windows is now mainly used in business and a more relaxed, 3 year cycle is very welcome to me. Having to test and roll out new releases every few months is a real pain, by the time we've rolled out the current version to everyone, we are back to square one and testing the next generation. It takes precious time away from other, more important activities, like server maintenance, necessary server upgrades etc. For a large organisation with dozens of IT staff, you can dedicate staff to nothing but Windows Updates and Upgrades, but for a mid-sized organisation, where you have a small handful of staff that have to cover everything, Windows upgrades are a distraction.


    At home, I've become less and less satisfied with Windows over time, but making all my hardware obsolete was the final straw. My 2017 Ryzen 1700 is still a real powerhouse and would easily cope with my needs for another 4-5 years, but it can't be upgraded to Windows 11. My Skylake laptop is the same, it is more than enough for the light needs of my wife - checking emails every few days or filling out her timesheet once a month.


    I already put Linux on the Ryzen, although it doesn't get much use now, I mainly use my Mac Mini M1 or Raspberry Pi 400, as they are much more economical to run.

    • Russell Smith

      I couldn't find video of somebody unboxing a PC, so you got an iPad instead. In the video, I said 'ecological', where I really meant to highlight climate change, hence the guy trying to cool himself down. Thanks for the comment, in retrospect, those inserts are a little jarring.


      The more I think about it, Microsoft forcing people to upgrade their hardware to run Windows 11 - while I can see why they might want to do that - is just wrong. We should have the choice to run on less powerful hardware without the protection of a TPM. Microsoft could for example, give that option, provide updates, but say it's unsupported if you run into issues. In the enterprise it's less important because many will stay on Windows 10 anyway until the bitter end.

      • wright_is

        It isn’t even less powerful hardware. A TPM 2 module doesn’t make a Celeron or Pentium processor more powerful than a 5 year old Ryzen 1700 or Core i7… 😉

        • alastair87

          We should call the Windows 11 'system requirements' what they actually are in most cases - 'Digital Rights Management'.


          They aren't like system requirements of yore which indicated whether the hardware was actually powerful enough to run the software, or indeed could run the code.


          They are instead the software house artificially mandating what hardware their software can be run on, even though it would otherwise run. This is not substantially different from saying you need a particular cable or blu-ray drive to play an encrypted movie. That's DRM.

  3. saint4eva

    Over 1.2 billion users? Lol

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