TNews - In the world of technology, anticipation is building as Microsoft gears up for the release of Windows 12, expected to make its debut in 2024. Based on previous release patterns, we can likely expect it to hit the shelves in October 2024, according to Intel's CFO. While we await the official release, here's a sneak peek at what the next Windows iteration may have in store.
New Look and Feel
One of the most anticipated changes in Windows 12 is its revamped user interface. Although direct screenshots of Windows 12 are not yet available, Microsoft teased the design prototype at last year's Microsoft Ignite Keynote. The design seems to be moving closer to macOS, with the taskbar transitioning from its traditional location at the bottom of the screen to a floating, macOS-like Dock. The central alignment of icons adds to the macOS resemblance.
Furthermore, system icons, usually found in the right corner of the taskbar, will be shifted to the upper right corner, creating an interface similar to macOS's menu bar. In the upper left corner, there appears to be something, although the function remains unclear in the released image – it might be a menu or something else.
A unique element in the design is a floating object in the middle at the top, possibly a search bar. Windows 12 is also rumored to come with a new lock and login screen, enhanced touch-friendliness, a revamped notification center that can group notifications by both apps and individuals, and the ability to pin widgets directly to the desktop.
Another exciting addition is the Dynamic Wallpaper, which will employ AI to create parallax effects on 2D wallpapers. While Microsoft is experimenting with various design elements for Windows 12, the one teased at the Microsoft Ignite Keynote is likely the frontrunner for the new interface.
Modularity with CorePC
Windows 12 takes modularity to the next level with CorePC. Unlike Windows 10X, which started as a new OS with added features, Windows 12 begins as a fully-featured OS that can enable or disable features based on the device and its requirements.
For instance, on low-end tablets, only essential features like Edge, web apps, Android Apps, and Office Apps may be active, with classic Win32 support turned off to ensure smoother performance. However, for more powerful tablets, laptops, or PCs, all features may be active. This approach will enable Windows 12 to run smoothly on a wide range of devices, whether they are mobile or desktop, high-end or entry-level.
Faster Update Process
Windows 12 introduces a significant change by separating several OS components into different partitions, some of which users cannot directly access. This practice is common in mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, and it offers several benefits, including faster update processes.
By isolating system partitions from user partitions, Windows 12 can perform updates seamlessly in the background while the OS is in use. This process reduces interruptions and user interference during updates, creating a smoother experience.
Moreover, the partition separation simplifies the PC reset process, as users cannot access the system file partition, minimizing corruption or unauthorized changes. This enhances the reliability and efficiency of PC resets.
Microsoft's partnership with OpenAI has brought advanced AI capabilities to many of its products and services, including Bing, Azure, and Microsoft Copilot. Windows 11 introduced Windows Copilot, and now Windows 12 is set to embrace AI. Various built-in Windows applications and new features will integrate with advanced AI capabilities. For example, Windows 12 can detect objects in photos and separate them from the background. It can analyze displayed content and assist users in completing tasks based on the information presented.
However, not all PCs will be able to enjoy these AI features. To unlock the full potential of AI in Windows 12, PCs will require a state-of-the-art NPU or GPU capable of handling on-device AI processing.
Windows 12: Pricing and Availability
Regarding pricing, Windows 12 is expected to follow a similar upgrade model to Windows 10 and 11. Users of Windows 10 and 11 may be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 12 upon its release. Additionally, Windows 12 will come pre-installed on many new laptops and PCs.
For users who do not have an existing Windows license and wish to install Windows 12 on a custom-built PC, Microsoft will offer Windows 12 licenses for sale, similar to how they currently sell Windows 11 licenses for around 3 million Indonesian Rupiahs.
Minimum System Requirements
While official minimum system requirements for Windows 12 have not been confirmed, they are likely to resemble those of Windows 11. However, leaks suggest that Windows 12 may require a minimum of 8GB of RAM, an increase from Windows 11. There are also rumors that Windows 12 might necessitate the use of an SSD for the system boot, although this has yet to be confirmed. Speculation points towards these potential minimum requirements:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 64GB or more (SSD)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
- UEFI with Secure Boot
- GPU compatible with DirectX 12 or newer with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Screen resolution of at least 720p and a diagonal size larger than 9 inches
- Internet connection for setup
In conclusion, Windows 12 promises a fresh and exciting user experience with its revamped interface, modularity through CorePC, faster update processes, and the integration of advanced AI capabilities. While pricing details and official system requirements are yet to be confirmed, the release of Windows 12 is eagerly anticipated by both Windows enthusiasts and the broader tech community. Stay tuned for further updates as we approach the anticipated October 2024 release date, and let's see how Windows 12 shapes the future of computing.