While there are many rumors about a possible release of WIndows 12, this latest leak seems to be the most concrete evidence we have yet of the existence of the new OS.
Hardware leaker @leaf_hobby, reported by The Verge, revealing details of Intel’s Meteor Lake desktop platform. According to the details, Intel reportedly mentioned that its future CPUs will support Windows 12. Since then, the tweet has been deleted and Microsoft and Intel declined to comment to The Verge on the validity of this report and other rumors. .
Before this leak, Zac Bowden of Windows Central reported that Microsoft would be transfer to a new engineering schedule which sees a new version of the Windows OS released every three years. If this information turns out to be accurate, it will put the next release, Windows 12, in 2024.
Bowden also reported that the next release of Windows OS is called ‘Next Valley’. There is even an image of the OS shown at Ignite 2022, where the design is supposed to be adapted to different devices and accessories.
Another rumor that isn’t very popular
There is also a rumor that Windows 12 will be the first cloud-based OS, which doesn’t sound too far-fetched. If this is true, it can be hosted off-device and bundled with compute and storage as part of a subscription package. To be honest, I find the future very scary.
We already have a lot of software, like the Adobe suite and Microsoft Office, that work on a subscription-based model. And that’s just hard to deal with when you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford the expensive price. But at least these products can easily be replaced by open source free versions.
Having an OS that isn’t difficult to install on a PC is a completely different animal. A variation, virtual desktop setup, has been used by businesses for years to support BYOD scenarios but it is nothing compared to having the OS on any Windows PC or laptop based on cloud storage, with features which should be standard given at a premium price.
Hopefully, this is a set of rumors that will be debunked in time.