Tech update 24th October 2022

You’ve probably just read the title to this blog and are thinking to yourself “but Windows 11 has only just come out”?  Well you would be right, Windows 11 is only a year old.  But if the rumours are true then it looks like Windows 12 will be here sooner than you might think.

Feature details are a little thin on the ground right now, which is not a surprise – and it’s likely even Microsoft hasn’t made all the big decisions yet.

The latest iteration of Windows 11 came with a lot of features suggested by Windows fans, so we are unsure what new features Microsoft will be bringing to the table with Windows 12.

One thing that’s almost certain though, if Microsoft has learnt anything from the Windows 11 launch – the requirements for upgrading will be less controversial. Windows 11 beefed up the internal security of your PC, which meant that the minimum requirements for it to run were exceptionally high.  Essentially if your PC was more than roughly three years old, then it would not support Windows 11.  Microsoft made the exact same mistake with high PC requirements when they launched Windows Vista all those years ago (2007)!  We would hope that more PCs will be compatible with Windows 12 at launch, compared to when Windows 11 came out.

We don’t have an exact release date yet, but if the rumours are true, we should expect it to land at some point in late 2024. It will then be interesting to see how long they keep Windows 10 in their security lifecycle.  Currently it is due to go unsupported in October 2025.  When this happens your PC, if running Windows 10, will stop receiving critical security fixes which will make it much easier for hackers to get into your system using known exploits.

We’re keeping a close eye on developments to see what it might mean for your business.

If you haven’t yet made the move to Windows 11 and need some help, get in touch.