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Report: Microsoft will return to releasing new Windows versions once every 3 years

July 15, 2022

Microsoft is planning yet another big change to the way it updates Windows, according to a report from Windows Central. Rather than updating a single version of Windows for many years as it did with Windows 10, Microsoft plans to return to a schedule where it releases a new major version of Windows roughly once every three years, putting a hypothetical “Windows 12” on track for release at some point in the fall of 2024.

On the surface, this looks a lot like a return to the pre-Windows 10 status quo. 2006’s Windows Vista was succeeded by 2009’s Windows 7, 2012’s Windows 8, and 2015’s Windows 10.

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