Microsoft to Release New Windows Version Every 3 Years? – Windows 12 by 2024?

The adoption rate for Windows 11 has so far proven to be pretty miserable. At best, recent figures suggest that only around 20% of gaming PC consumers had made the transition whereas less than 10% of ‘average’ consumers had yet felt bothered, interested, or compelled to make the ‘upgrade’. – Following report via ArsTechnica, however, information has appeared online suggesting that Windows 11 may just be the beginning of Microsoft returning to an older standard of operating system releases.

Microsoft to Revert to More Regular Windows Version Releases

According to the source, Microsoft primarily blames the slow transition rate of Windows 11 due to Windows 10 having been on the market for just too long. And, in fairness, there is some truth and proof to this suggestion.

Looking back at prior Windows operating system releases, new versions have often generally proven to be a relative ‘failure’ when the previous release had been on the market for a significant amount of time. For example, Vista was released 5 years and 3 months after XP. Similarly, Windows 11 was released just over 6 years after Windows 10.

With this in mind, therefore, Microsoft may be preparing (as they did through the latter part of the ’90s and early ’00s) to revert to releasing a ‘brand new operating system’ version every 3 years. In other words, Windows 12 might be set for release as early as 2024!

What Do We Think?

Honestly? For as crazy as this might sound on the surface, this is quite honestly an entirely possible, and, dare I say, actually not a bad idea on Microsoft’s part! – As noted above, operating systems have generally flopped because prior versions were allowed to get too well established on the market. Although some people like to upgrade to the ‘latest and greatest’ tech, others find themselves preferring to stick with what they know. Hence why masses of Windows 10 users are outright refusing to upgrade to 11. Even despite the fact that Microsoft has made it abundantly clear that support for 10 will end by 2025.

By transitioning back to a style of releasing new major operating system ‘upgrades’ every 3-4 years though, Microsoft will reestablish their prior pattern that saw Windows 95, Windows 98, and XP, all prove to be huge success stories and especially so in terms of getting consumers to transition from the last to the next.

No, many consumers might not like it, but Microsoft has to do something to get people to actually start moving from older operating systems because, quite frankly, everything else they’ve tried so far hasn’t worked in the slightest. – So, let’s start looking forward to Windows 12 next year I guess?…

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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