One new version of Windows 11 will launch every year


Like clockwork. Windows 11 is tracking for a launch later this year. And once it lands, it will finally signal the transition of the operating system to a yearly release cycle.

This is another one of those public demands — alongside the addition of tabs in File Explorer — that Microsoft has not answered. Windows 10 had stuck to a hectic two feature updates every 12 months, even as the last few of them have been low on features, more on enablement packages.

But now, according to the software titan itself, Windows 11 will get one release every year, though the timing of that could vary.

As things stand, Redmond wants to introduce new versions of Windows 11 in or around fall each year.

Additionally, as the lifecycle FAQ reveal, Microsoft is also streamlining the servicing timeline of its operating platform to make them clearer to understand.

Microsoft will support each version of Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Pro Education, Windows 11 Pro for Workstations, and Windows 10 Home for 24 months after release. Each version of the OS in the above categories will get updates for two years.

After this time period, users will be required to upgrade to continue to receive security patches and updates for these platforms.

Windows 11 Enterprise, Windows 11 Education, and Windows 11 IoT Enterprise will be supported for 36 months after release.