They say Windows 12 is in development

Windows 12

The more things change, the more they stay the same, eh? A reliable new report has made its way out, claiming that Microsoft may be getting ready to develop Windows 12.

That’s because the company is looking to revise its Windows update schedule once again.

Redmond now wants to ship a new version of the OS every three years — just like things were back int the good old days of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. But during this time span, the company wants to create a constant flow of new features.

What this means is that major new versions of the operating system will launch every three years, but we will get a deluge of new features and options during that time.

This new plan also means that Microsoft has scrapped the Sun Valley 3 feature update, which was the codename of the new version of Windows that was on track to land somewhere in 2023. In its stead, we will get a whole new Windows the year after.


Microsoft also plans to change how it delivers new features to existing version of the OS. We have already seen how cumulative updates for Windows 11 often include new features from the main development channel.

Apparently, this plan is part of a new engineering effort called “Moments” that will deliver users a constant flow of software novelties every few months. Say, four times a year.

I’d have called it “Seasons”, but there you have it.

If this report holds true, then Windows 11 will see Microsoft add new capabilities from the Sun Valley 3 update to version 22H2 in 2023.

Understandably, there is a lot to unpack here. Even with the report being from the most trustworthy of sources, nothing is set in stone until Redmond makes it official. Perhaps a company official will talk touch upon this and share more details.

Until then, take everything here with a grain of the proverbial salt.

We may or may not get Windows 12. In fact, not much is known about the next version of Windows. Other than the fact that the new OS is codenamed “Next Valley” and is currently in the early planning and engineering stages.

The long and short of it is that the next couple of years could be really interesting!