Microsoft's next-generation version of Windows, whatever it's called, is scheduled to launch in mid-2024.
According to a report from The Register, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon made the announcement during the company's earnings conference. During the conference call, Amon mentioned his Snapdragon X Elite chips, which will be the next incarnation of Windows. This is going to be the engine for some of the AI-powered laptops that Microsoft keeps touting (this is the year of the AI PC). Remember? ).
Amon said: “We are tracking the launch of products featuring this chipset.” [Snapdragon X Elite] Associated with the next version of Microsoft Windows with many Windows AI features… We are keeping the same date, which is mid-2024, driven by Windows, ready for back to school . ”
That means laptops equipped with Qualcomm chips will be released in mid-2024. Because it's time for the next generation of Windows.
This echoes earlier chatter from the grapevine that the release date for the next version of Windows should be mid-2024, including a specific mention of June from one source ( Of course, even if this is Microsoft's plan at the moment, it may not work out).
Analysis: Understand the nuances
There are a lot of nuances in all these rumors and official declarations regarding the launch of the next generation of Windows (we are hearing from Intel as well as Qualcomm). Let's be clear first. Will Microsoft's next desktop OS be Windows 12 or Windows 11 24H2?
The short answer to this is we don't know, but all the current evidence is stacking up and points to the next release being Windows 11 24H2. However, it does not completely exclude the possibility of Windows 12. However, 12 will most likely arrive in 2025 (if it's ultimately called that), and importantly, it won't just be an update to Windows 11, it'll be an all-new Windows ).
But even if we probably get Windows 11 24H2 instead of Windows 12 this year, we'll probably see an all-new Windows in 2024. Confused? Well, not really. What Microsoft plans to introduce in the middle of this year is a new platform on which Windows will be built. This new take on the desktop OS foundation is called Germanium, and it does a lot of work under the hood to improve performance and security. Something you can't see, but still benefit from.
Germanium is the platform on which AI PCs are built, and when Qualcomm's CEO refers to Snapdragon X Elite-powered laptops arriving in mid-2024 with the next version of Windows, what Amon is really talking about is germanium.
So this doesn't mean that the next generation of Windows 12 will arrive in mid-2024, but rather if it's the Windows 11 24H2 update – which, as mentioned above, is likely based on the rumors floating around. You're still in new Windows (the underlying platform, not the actual OS you're working with).
Another problem is that Windows 11 24H2 (or, if a small chance goes well, Windows 12) won't be available to everyone in the middle of this year. The plan is to launch the new Germanium-powered Windows, whatever its name, first on new laptops (AI PCs) – perhaps in July, according to previous rumors – but on the existing Windows 11 It will be a while before it comes to PC. Get an upgrade. The rollout to all users is rumored to take place in September, but in any case, it won't be until later this year that all users using Windows 11 will receive the upgrade.