- Intel’s internal documents make reference to Windows 12.
- The documents say that Windows 12 will be supported on the Meteor Lake processors.
- Windows 12 is also likely to focus on AI features among other changes.
Microsoft and Intel seem to be already collaborating to build Windows 12. According to @leaf_hobby on Twitter (known to leak accurate hardware information) has revealed some details of the Meteor Lake desktop processor platform, and the details mention that the next generation of processors will support “Windows 12.”
Although a simple reference doesn’t reveal the entire roadmap, Microsoft has switched the cadence release of new versions of the operating system to one every three years, and Windows 12 is expected to become available at some point in 2024. However, the company hasn’t officially made any announcements.
The tweet was quickly deleted from the platform, but the VideoCardz website notes that the next generation of Intel processors will feature 20 PCIe Gen 5 lanes and support for Windows 12.
In addition to the information available through Intel’s internal documents, Microsoft has been leaving crumbs about the features that may be coming in the next version of the operating system. For example, in a recent interview with The Verge, the company said it plans to bring more AI features to Windows (where it makes sense).
Some of the AI features can already be found in the “Moment 2” update for Windows 11 that brings the Bing Chat integration to the Taskbar search box and content suggestions inside the Start menu for business users. Also, a recent report suggests that the software giant is working on improvements for Snap Assist that will include AI features.
While it’s still unclear the new scope of features that will be included on Windows 12, it’s clear that the software giant will focus heavily on AI features, in addition to the typical interface improvements and system changes. Since AI will be a big part of Windows 12 and future versions, the company will need to work closely with Intel, AMD, and other hardware partners to support the new features. As a result, it makes sense to see references of the next version of Windows on hardware partners’ internal documents.
The Meteor Lake series of desktop processors will be based on Intel’s 4 (7nm) manufacturing process that will feature the first chiplet design for the company, and it’ll include a new section reserved for AI tasks. AMD is already doing the same for AI in the recently released Ryzen 7000 series of mobile processors.