According to some reports and leaks, Microsoft may revert back to a three-year release schedule for new generations of operating systems following Windows 11, with a potential launch of Windows 12 as early as 2024.
Windows and AI Technology
In September of last year, Aaron Woodman, the General Manager of Windows Marketing Operations, was asked about Windows 12. He stated that he was not aware of such a plan and the company's current focus is still on constantly optimizing Windows 11, launching annual updates, and other feature enhancements.
However, Panos Panay, the Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Microsoft, recently spoke about the importance of AI technology, emphasizing that artificial intelligence will change the way we do things in the Windows system. He added that now that there are large-scale production models, including language models, code generation models, image models, etc. An operating system is needed that removes the boundaries between cloud and edge, which is what Microsoft is doing.
Microsoft is investing a large budget in the company OpenAI, which has developed popular AI tools such as ChatGPT and Dall-E, and they have repeatedly emphasized how artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the way we interact with the operating system.
For now, the implementation of AI technologies in Windows 11 comes through chatting with Bing within the Windows search engine. The never-popular Bing recently received help in the form of artificial intelligence, promising users "faster and clearer access to information."
Based on this statement, Microsoft is still developing a completely new operating system, and last year's "denial" by Aaron Woodman may be due to the fact that the name of the new operating system has not been confirmed, or he simply did not want to disclose anything due to confidentiality.
After all, Microsoft did say that Windows 10 was the last version of Windows, but they launched Windows 11.
There are also rumors from some sources (although unconfirmed) that Windows 12 will be completely different from the current architecture of Windows 10 and Windows 11. The interface should be more modern, and the lower layer greatly changed with the addition of numerous new technologies, among which AI artificial intelligence and machine learning are in focus. If these rumors prove to be true, it is predicted that Microsoft could launch Windows 12 as early as the end of 2024.
Windows 12 Support for Gaming
The current version of OS, Windows 11 is pretty well optimized for gaming as it supports multiple features and tools to optimize gaming performance.
To name a few, it supports Game Mode which prioritizes system resources and allocates them toward the game you are currently playing. It also supports Direct Storage that helps load games in less than one second, not to mention variable refresh rate, lower latency, and Auto HDR for windowed mode games.
So, even if the new system comes with a completely different architecture, you have nothing to worry about. You will still be able to play games like League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, or PUBG. The only thing that can change is AI-run NPCs, which some games could really benefit from, games like Red Dead Redemption 2 or No Man’s Sky.
New Intel Processors Already Support Windows 12
Take this with a grain of salt, but a well-known hardware leaker going by the name TLC has uncovered a potential first mention of Windows 12. In internal documents for Intel's new Meteor Lake processor lineup, it has been noticed that these processors will support Windows 12.
It's possible that someone made a mistake with a number, or it's possible that the new version of Windows is coming to us faster than we expected.
When it comes to Windows 11, the oldest CPUs it supports are from the 8th generation of Intel processors. Considering that Windows 11 came in 2021, and the 8th generation of processors was released in 2017, it is a 4-year span between the two. With this in mind, it is possible that we will still have to wait 4 more years for new Windows to emerge.
In conclusion, Microsoft's plans for the future of Windows operating systems are still somewhat uncertain, with rumors circulating about the potential launch of a new operating system, potentially called Windows 12, as early as 2024. Microsoft's focus on AI technology and its investment in OpenAI suggest that the new operating system will likely integrate AI and machine learning into its architecture, which could bring exciting new possibilities for users.
It remains to be seen whether Windows 12 will be a complete departure from the current architecture or simply an updated version, but either way, gamers can rest assured that the new system should still support the latest hardware and provide optimized gaming experiences. As always, we'll have to wait for official announcements from Microsoft to know for sure what the future holds for Windows users.