According to the latest leak, Windows 12 will not be a free upgrade. Microsoft may transition to a paid subscription model for Windows 12, the next major release of the PC operating system. According to Neowin, Deskmodder, a German site, discovered subscription-centric text in the code for a new Windows release, hinting at Microsoft’s plans to eliminate free upgrades. It would be a departure from Windows’ consumer-facing version. Microsoft is presently providing free Windows 11 upgrades to Windows 10 users who own qualifying PCs.
According to the latest leak, Windows 12 will not be a free upgrade
Of course, these are simply a few lines of code that may or may not be meaningful right now. Windows Central correctly pointed out that these could be references to the new “Windows 11 IoT Enterprise Subscription” rather than a whole new version of Windows. As Windows Central pointed out, charging a monthly or yearly fee for a whole operating system when Apple and Google do is not a good image for Microsoft. Individual enhancements, perhaps, but not Windows 12 as a whole.
Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the existence of Windows 12. If it does exist, it may be labelled something altogether different when it is released. As XDA pointed out, we know almost little about the next version of Windows, other than the possibility that it may be released in 2024. However, it is possible that it will not. Who can say?
However, whenever the next version of Windows is released, keep in mind that it may follow in the footsteps of Adobe Creative Cloud. It is entirely up to you how you feel about this.
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