The major update coming to Microsoft’s hugely popular desktop operating system later this year will be not to be Windows 12, the American company confirmed. Microsoft is currently testing features and improvements that will roll out to Windows PC owners around the world in the second half of 2024.
Some sources had speculated that the software update would launch on Windows 12 due to the large number of improvements under the hood. The rebranding could spark interest in the software, sources speculate, since Microsoft has struggled to convince millions of laptop and desktop owners to upgrade from Windows 10 to its successor. – despite quite powerful messages.
Windows 11 already has a number of ChatGPT-based features, including a first-generation version of Windows Copilot that uses generative AI to gather comprehensive answers to questions, summarize emails, and create hands-on tutorials for your PC.
However, beta testers have now confirmed that Microsoft has named the update “Windows 11 version 24H2”. The nickname was spotted in the notes submitted alongside the latest draft.
It reads: “Starting with Build 26-xx today, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev channels will see the updated build under Settings > System > About Build 24H2. This means that Windows 11, version 24H2, will be this year’s annual feature update.As mentioned here, Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence that will be released during the second half of the calendar year.
AI will allow more natural language to be used when searching within the operating system. So instead of searching for the exact title of a Word document, you can search for a document that “was created last week and contains a fourth quarter revenue chart” or “PDF that Matt sent on WhatsApp on Monday” .
Those familiar with the feature call the AI’s capabilities “revolutionary.”
Microsoft is also looking to boost Live Caption, so its AI can translate multiple different languages in real time during a video, video or phone call. Samsung recently added real-time translation for text messages and voice calls with its Galaxy S24 range of smartphones.
As beta testers get their hands on the features planned for Windows 11 24H2, we’ll know if these rumored features made the cut. Microsoft typically releases its Windows 11 updates in October, so we expect this release pattern to continue this year.