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Is Windows 12 Under Development? Intel Hints at a ‘Refresh’ for the Beloved Desktop Operating System

Intel has suggested that the next iteration of Windows, potentially Windows 12, is in the pipeline for release next year. In a recent conference with Citi, Intel mentioned a “Windows refresh” as a potential driver for its client business in 2024.

Intel CFO David Zinsner stated, “We actually think ’24 is going to be a pretty good year for the client, in particular, because of the Windows refresh. And we still think that the installed base is pretty old and does require a refresh, and we think next year may be the start of that, given the Windows catalyst. So we’re optimistic about how things will play out beginning in ’24.”

While Intel didn’t explicitly specify Windows 12, it’s unlikely they were referring to a regular Windows 11 update. Windows 11 mostly involved cosmetic changes and a few performance and security enhancements. In contrast, Windows 12 is anticipated to be a significant overhaul with substantial alterations to the user interface, core architecture, and AI integration.

The development cycle of Windows, typically lasting three years for major releases, suggests Windows 12 could be ready by the latter half of 2024, aligning with Intel’s prediction. Additionally, the compatibility of Intel’s forthcoming CPU architectures with Windows 12, especially Intel’s Meteor Lake expected in 2024, hints at the new OS’s features and optimizations.

Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed or denied anything about Windows 12 yet, but signs point to a substantial update in the works.

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