In Windows Insider Official Blog, Microsoft ended the speculation saying that “Windows 11 24H2 will be this year’s annual feature update.” It means that Windows 12 is not coming in 2024, and we may have to wait till 2025 to experience the next major Windows update.
Windows 11 24H2 Update Will Include AI Features
Instead, you will be getting brand-new AI features and the latest advancements with the Windows 11 24H2 update. The AI-powered Windows 12 desktop shell with a floating taskbar is not coming in the next Windows 11 update for sure. You will have to wait for a big visual refresh of Windows till 2025, at the least.
As spotted first by WindowsCentral on the Windows Insider Blog where Microsoft announced the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052 release to Canary and Dev channels. The changelog states the following
Starting with Build 26-xx today, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels will see the versioning updated under Settings > System > About (and winver) to version 24H2. This denotes that Windows 11, version 24H2 will be this year’s annual feature update. As mentioned here, Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence that releases in the second half of the calendar year.
Windows 11 24H2 will be the Major update of Windows in 2024. We can expect Windows 11 24H2 update will available to general users in Q4 of 2024
Reason for delay may be due to Windows 10 still accounts for 66% market share and Windows 11 stands at a measly 28%. Releasing Windows 12 in 2024 would further fragment the Windows platform, and Microsoft wants to avoid it.
Window 11 24H2 New Features
- Sudo Command
- Adavnced Microsoft Copilot
- Snap Layouts Suggestions
- Energy Saver for both Laptop and PC unlike Battery Saver
- File Explorer Supports Creating 7zip and Tar compression Natively
- Enhanced Phone Link App
- New Quick Setting Alignment
Windows 11 version 24H2 should be a big update and its AI features will be more obvious. Windows 12 Update will Feature Visual Update Overall in compared to Windows 11.