After Microsoft changed its release cycle from semi-annual to annual updates when Windows 11 was released, the company is now said to be working on another change in the release schedule of its operating system. Accordingly, there should only be major feature updates every three years.
A new Windows every three years
As reported by journalist Zac Bowden from the site Windows Central would like to have learned from its own sources, Microsoft is working under the code name “Next Valley” on a new release cycle for Windows, which is to come into force from 2024.
New main versions such as Windows 10 20h2 or the still current Windows 11 21H2 should only appear every three years in the future.
Feature drops instead of feature updates
According to this, Windows 11 23H2 alias Sun Valley 3, which was originally scheduled for autumn 2023 and whose new feature set is to be distributed via feature drops, so-called “Moments”, has been canceled.
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The switch to the “Next Valley” release cycle is said to be loud Windows Central after the release of Windows 22H2 (“Sun Valley 2”), which has already been released as a preview and will soon be rolled out.
Moments will be distributed four times a year
Microsoft is to roll out new functions via feature drops four times a year between the major releases. The so-called “Moments” are to be distributed for the first time in the coming year.
Since numerous functions of the operating system, such as the desktop, the start menu and the taskbar, have now been swapped out of Windows 11, the new functions can be tested in the Dev Channel and then ported back to versions that are already available. To do this, Microsoft makes use of the so-called enablement packages, which can implement new features in existing releases.
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will release a new Windows 11 every three years or whether it will present a Windows 12 as part of the new release cycle in the coming years.
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