In the context: Given the fact that Windows 11 and Windows 10 reached a combined 1.4 billion monthly active PCs earlier this year, it seemed like the right decision for Microsoft to slow down the pace of Windows feature updates to focus on system stability with monthly security. patches and bug fixes. However, the company is now reportedly moving into a new Windows development cycle that includes feature updates being released up to four times a year, with a new major version of the Windows client being released every three years.

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For Windows 11, Microsoft has said that it will release feature updates on an annual basis that will arrive in the second half of each calendar year. Shortly after the announcement, the company also changed its Windows 10 feature update schedule from a bi-annual update cycle to a uniform update frequency.

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That’s why we haven’t received an official 22H1 release for any of the operating systems even though Microsoft has released a Windows 11 feature update. previously this year it happened outside of the company’s established roadmap.

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Now, with the upcoming release of 22H2 for Windows 11 (codenamed Sun Valley 2), Microsoft is tweaking the Windows development cycle even further, increasing the frequency of future feature updates and moving to a three-year release cycle for “core.” Windows versions.

This new roadmap reports Windows Central will allow Microsoft to roll out new features and functionality to its current operating system up to four times a year. Planned feature releases will come as part of a new Microsoft engineering effort called Moments, which means IT administrators may soon have more of their own. And since Microsoft has returned to numbering its major OS releases, the company could potentially announce Windows 12 by 2024.

At the moment, details about the next major version of the OS from Microsoft, as you might expect, are few. It is apparently called “Next Valley” internally and is currently in the early stages of planning and design.