Microsoft is in the process of developing Windows 12 to replace Windows 11 after three years of service. The new operating system should highlight AI in particular.
Microsoft is working behind the scenes on Windows 12, the next PC operating system. The company has not yet released this new version, but rumors from the corridors already allow us to know more about the project.
What’s new: What can we expect from Windows 12?
known by the code names” The next valley ” or “Hudson Valley“, the update for Windows 12 is at the moment shrouded in mystery.
AI, always AI
Windows 12 should emphasize the integration of AI into the PC. Microsoft will already deliver the first version with Windows Copilot for Windows 11 in 2023, but the company wants to go even further.
One can imagine integration with many native applications that will help the computer to create intelligent photo retouching or organize files in Explorer.
CorePC: A profound change
One of the fundamental changes in Windows 12 is the overhaul of its lowest layers to modernize the system and strengthen its security. We’re talking about Windows Core OS here, whose update will be nicknamed “CorePC”. It is a component of Windows that includes the system kernel and drivers and APIs.
With the evolution of the computer, Microsoft creates a modular Windows, therefore suitable for each device. For example, one can imagine a version of Windows without Win32 support with only access to Microsoft Edge or the Microsoft Store.
These changes may allow for easier installation of updates. In fact, the CorePC partition will now be separated from where Windows finds folders, program files, and user data.
New gaming news?
Gaming has become a major focus of Windows development, especially to push the PC Game Pass.
Thanks to Microsoft’s statements, it is understood that Windows 12 should take inspiration from the best functions of Xbox. In particular, we’ll see the arrival of “Quick Resume,” a feature that lets you pause and resume games on Xbox.
We’d also like to see Microsoft finally offer an interface optimized for PCs in the form of a portable game console like the ROG Ally or Steam Deck. Today, Windows represents the weak point of this type of machine and creates great frustration among players.
We can expect a major update to DirectX, which will finally be able to integrate the techniques into a standard API.Super samplingAMD FSR, Nvidia DLSS and Intel XeSS etc. to ease developers’ jobs.
and an upgrade for ARM
Starting in 2020, Apple has proven that switching to ARM architecture can do a lot of good in the world of laptop computers. Unfortunately, the path Microsoft has taken since Windows 8 hasn’t yet enabled the PC ecosystem to release a truly solid machine under ARM.
With Windows 12, Microsoft should once again offer updates for the ARM platform. This is what the job offers published by the company suggest. In addition, Qualcomm is preparing a brand new platform with Oryon optimized for PCs. On paper, it promises to be very useful. Microsoft could end Qualcomm’s exclusivity with Windows and allow rivals like MediaTek to offer their chips as well.
On the Chromebooks side, Google and Nvidia seem to be maneuvering to offer PCs with an ARM processor and an Nvidia GeForce graphics chip. Microsoft can also inspire Windows.
Is it Windows 11 over already?
With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft decided to return to a shorter development cycle for major Windows releases. Windows 10’s reign between 2015 and 2021 particularly displeased Microsoft’s manufacturing partners, who lost a strong argument for recommending the update to customers.
Of course, this does not mean that Microsoft is starting from a blank page for the development of its system. On a technical level, Windows 12 will be above all an update of Windows 11, the latter was present in Windows 10. However, we can expect significant changes with this release.
Which app or framework for Windows 12?
The release of a new version of Windows may allow Microsoft to change the minimum technical configuration to run a computer. The company dropped official support with many PCs using the latest OS during the Windows 11 launch.
For Windows 12, the integration of AI-related functions will allow Microsoft to justify support for the latest hardware with optimized processors for this system. A leak regarding Intel’s Meteor Lake platform goes in this direction, with Microsoft sharing information around its partnerships with ARM and AMD.
When will Windows 12 be released?
We still don’t know the exact release date of Windows 12. On the other hand, rumors about the development of the computer point to a planned release in the fall of 2024.
Expect a commercial launch with a range of new devices in October 2024.
How to download and try Windows 12?
While waiting for the release of Windows 12, you can test the new features of the system in beta. To do this, you need to sign up for the Windows Insider program and use the canary channel that Microsoft has started on purpose.
Be careful, these versions will be very unstable at first and not all new features tested by Microsoft will necessarily be used in the commercial version.
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