Rumors: Microsoft is switching to a three-year release cycle

Rumors: Microsoft is switching to a three-year release cycle

Microsoft is apparently planning to move away from the previous six-monthly or annual release cycle for the current Windows operating systems. The plan is to switch to a model in which a new main version of Windows is available every three years. Zac Bowden of Windows Central claims to have found this out from his Microsoft contacts.

Complaints about the previous release cycle, which relies on more frequent feature updates for the Windows operating systems, have probably got the upper hand. Especially in the corporate environment, administrators rely on stable versions. Such feature updates disrupt operations and often result in more complex compatibility tests.

With the Windows 11 22H2 release, Microsoft therefore wants to start releasing new functions for the Windows versions on the market more frequently. According to Bowden, this should take place approximately quarterly. These updates are then independent of the major version releases that the product teams have been waiting for for the new features.

There is no further information about the new Windows version planned for 2024. Internally, persons entrusted with this would use the name “Next Valley”. However, it is unclear whether that is the official code name for it.

The rumors in the message seem plausible – Microsoft has already switched from the semi-annual to the annual release cycle. However, such plans can change at any time, adds Bowden. However, Microsoft did not want to issue an official statement.

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