Windows 12 Discretely in Production

During build 2023, which took place last May, Microsoft quietly teased the “next generation of Windows”. There is little doubt that this is Windows 12, the development of which has normally already begun. In addition, we already know several of the novelties that the operating system should bring.

Microsoft has yet to officially announce Windows 12 and yet rumours are already swirling about the future operating system. Indeed, if the Redmond firm redoubles its efforts to remain discreet around the project, it obviously cannot help but teaser it somewhat. Thus, as our colleagues from Windows Latest have spotted, this one included a seemingly innocuous little mention during its Build 2023 event.

Microsoft discretely reminds that Windows 12 is in preparation

This design, precisely, has already been dissected by the experts. One of the big novelties should be the floating taskbar, an experiment already tried in the first builds of Windows 11 before being abandoned. To do this, Windows 12 could allow removing system elements, such as the clock and the date. This option would give the user much more control over customising their desktop.

Can my PC run Windows 12?

After Windows 11 significantly raised the minimum system requirements compared to Windows 10, this is another great question to ponder. Will Windows 12 leave older PCs behind once again? It’s too early to say, but there’s certainly a chance that some PCs won’t be compatible for one reason or another. Windows 11 currently requires processors released from around 2018 onward, and while we currently don’t see a reason for the next Windows release to require more than that, it’s possible that will happen.

As for any other requirements, again, it’s hard to say. Windows 11 requires 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, so at the very least, Windows 12 will need just as much. You also shouldn’t expect Microsoft to walk back on things like TPM requirements. However, if history is any indication, there will likely continue to be some kind of workaround that unsupported PCs can use to install it if you’re feeling adventurous.