The major update coming to Microsoft’s wildly-popular desktop operating system later this year will not be Windows 12, the US company has confirmed. Microsoft is currently testing features and improvements set to roll out to Windows PC owners worldwide in the second half of 2024.
Windows 11 already boasts a number of ChatGPT-powered features, including a first-generation version of the Windows Copilot that uses generative AI to put together comprehensive answers to questions, summarise emails, and create How To tutorials for your PC
However, beta testers have now confirmed that Microsoft has named the update “Windows 11 Version 24H2”. The moniker was spotted in the notes submitted alongside the latest preview build.
It reads: “Starting with Build 26-xx today, Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels will see the versioning updated under Settings > System > About to version 24H2. This denotes 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 releases in the second half of the calendar year.”
AI will enable to use more natural language when searching the operating system. So, instead of searching for the exact title of a Word document, you could search for a document that “was created last week and has a chart about Q4 revenue” or “PDF Matt sent on WhatsApp on Monday”.
Those familiar with the functionality describe the AI capabilities as “groundbreaking”.
Microsoft is also looking to supercharge Live Caption, so that its AI can translate several different languages in real-time during a video call, video, or phone call. Samsung recently added real-time translation for text messages and voice calls with its Galaxy S24 smartphone range.
As beta testers get their hands on the features planned for Windows 11 24H2, we’ll learn whether these rumoured features have made the cut. Microsoft has typically launched its Windows 11 updates in October, so we’d expect that release pattern to continue this year.