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Microsoft may be changing its Windows release cycle to three years, according to website Windows Central. Windows 12 may appear as early as 2024.

Website Windows Central did not disclose the identity of its sources, but claims Microsoft is at an advanced stage of modifying the Windows release cycle. This would mean that major Windows versions are to be released in three-year intervals.

Furthermore, starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2), Microsoft will reportedly kick off a ‘Moments’ initiative. Sources claim the tech giant will deploy new functionality at predefined moments in the year. These updates are completely independent of major Windows releases.

Independent updates as of 2023

The independent updates of Windows 11 should start in 2023 and repeat four times a year. Little is known about the next major version, which should be Windows 12. This version is said to be in the first planning phase.