Microsoft is making big moves for its Windows Insiders Preview program, which could be hinting at some big news down the road.
According official microsoft blog and informed by windows centerthe tech giant will use its newly created Canary Channel to test builds of the Windows operating system that will lay the groundwork for a new major version of the operating system. This new channel will be rolling out unstable and experimental builds on a regular basis, which is most likely laying the groundwork for Windows 12.
Canary Channel will be used to test features that “require a longer wait time” before reaching the public. Some of these include “major changes to the Windows kernel, new APIs, etc.”, and not all tested features will be released to the general public.
As a result of these new changes, all Insiders on the Dev Channel will transfer to the Canary Channel, as the Dev Channel will be getting 23000 series builds. Meanwhile, the Canary Channel will be getting 25000 series builds, so those who want to stay on Dev Channel will have to reinstall the Windows operating system.
What we know about Windows 12 so far
There are many rumors about Windows 12, including Microsoft and Intel leaks themselves. One of those leaks is that upcoming Intel CPUs will be compatible with Windows 12, and before that it was reported that Microsoft would switch to a new engineering hours that would see a new version of the Windows operating system released every three years.
The new operating system could also be called ‘Next Valley’ and it could be the first cloud-based operating system. We even saw an image of the new OS at Ignite 2022, in which the design was supposedly meant to accommodate different devices and accessories.
While the latest rumor is a bit unnerving, there’s not much else we know about the upcoming OS right now. Hopefully, future versions of the Canary Channel will reveal even more information about Windows 12.