Microsoft is preparing for the next big update of Windows 11 – codenamed “Hudson Valley” – which is expected to be released by the end of 2024 and will have a greater emphasis on AI. In a recent support document discovered by Windows Latest, Microsoft has confirmed “Windows 11 24H2” as a real and upcoming update.
The support document, unearthed by Windows Latest, may have inadvertently revealed the existence of Windows 11 24H2. This documentation outlines the EnumDeviceDrivers function, a crucial component utilized by developers and systems administrators to manage drivers.
Microsoft’s website has provided insight into the evolution of this function, stating how it has evolved since Windows 7. The most significant update in the document is for Windows 11 Version 24H2, which modifies how specific information is obtained from the EnumDeviceDrivers function.
While this document targets developers, the accidental mention of Windows 11 24H2 brings excitement for the next major Windows release.
Internal documents obtained by Windows Latest indicate that Microsoft plans to broaden the release of Windows 11 24H2 in late Q3 or early Q4. This confirms rumors that the significant AI upgrade for Windows 11 is on the way, with preview builds currently being tested internally.
Although it has been widely speculated that the next version of Microsoft’s OS will be labeled Windows 12, recent organization changes and the mention of Windows 11 24H2 in the documents suggests that Windows 12 may not be launched in 2024. PC manufacturers such as HP and Qualcomm are referring to the next big release as “Windows 11 2024 Update” and an unspecified “Windows OS”, respectively.
As for what to expect in Windows 11 24H2, Microsoft is working on a new version of Copilot, featuring contextual awareness, deeper integration with other apps and services, and the ability to access messages from Android devices. Additionally, significant performance improvements are expected.