In a huge shift, Microsoft may be preparing Windows 12 for 2024.

Another significant shift in Microsoft Windows development

Microsoft is altering the way it publishes major versions of Windows once more, which might lead to the release of Windows 12 in 2024.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft is returning to a three-year release cycle for Windows, which means the next major version of Windows will be released in 2024.

It is yet another significant shift in how Microsoft produces Windows.

With the release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft abandoned its three-year cycle, preferring the concept of Windows as a service. 

Instead of a major feature release every three years in a new Windows version, Windows 10 was upgraded twice a year with major new features. 

The last version of Windows," many Windows watchers assumed it would be the final big bang release of Windows.

Microsoft intends to keep Windows 11 current in the years ahead, alongside the next version of Windows in 2024. 

In recent months, Microsoft has backed away from its original promise of large yearly upgrades for Windows 11. 

Microsoft, the next big upgrade, 22H2, is likely to come in September or October.