Microsoft will release a big update this year, but it's not Windows 12

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Microsoft’s announcement about the upcoming updates to Windows has brought clarity to users eagerly awaiting the next iteration of the popular desktop operating system. Contrary to expectations of a Windows 12 release, Microsoft has confirmed that the next significant update will be Windows 11 Version 24H2, slated for release later this year. This revelation aligns with Microsoft’s strategy of annual feature updates for Windows 11, with each release scheduled for the second half of the year.

Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels have already started seeing the versioning updated to Windows 11, version 24H2, indicating that this will be the annual feature update for the year. While Microsoft has yet to provide any specific release date, users now have a clear understanding of the next Windows update and its expected timeframe.

Microsoft has also introduced several notable features in the latest Insider Preview builds for Windows 11

In addition to the confirmation of Windows 11 Version 24H2, Microsoft has introduced several notable features in the latest Insider Preview builds for Windows 11. One significant addition is the inclusion of sudo support, allowing users to run commands as administrators more conveniently, akin to the functionality in Linux. Furthermore, Microsoft has enhanced Copilot in Windows with more contextual capabilities, enhancing the user experience with the AI chatbot. Visual changes are also evident, with settings transitioning from Control Panel-style dialog boxes to integration within the Settings app.

While Windows 11 Version 24H2 garners attention, MSPoweruser expects the release of Windows 11 Version H1 before that, likely within the first half of 2024. Dell’s revelation indicates that Version 24H1 will be available for download from April of this year, with factory installations slated for August. Notably, Version 24H1 will introduce support for WiFi 7, representing a significant leap in wireless networking technology, promising enhanced speed, performance, and efficiency.

Furthermore, Samsung’s announcement adds to the excitement surrounding the upcoming Windows updates. The ability to use Galaxy phones as webcams for Galaxy Book Windows PCs is expected to debut with Windows 11 Version 24H1. This feature will offer users added flexibility and convenience, enhancing the overall ecosystem of Windows-powered devices.