Microsoft is making significant adjustments with Windows 12, introducing a number of AI-powered features. We do not precisely understand the company's strategy for integrating AI into Windows. However, OpenAI-powered recommendations or alerts can be anticipated in a number of applications, such as Microsoft Photos, Clock, and Mail & Calendar.
Naturally, Microsoft doesn't want to wait for Windows 12's first batch of AI features, so some "AI" features might show up in Windows 11 in the coming months. This includes Windows' smarter camera and microphone features. Microsoft, for example, uses AI to automatically adjust the brightness of the eyes and blur the background. In a similar vein, Windows has the potential to enhance the clarity of your primary voice by removing background noise.
Windows 12 possible features
As with any big OS update, there will surely be countless minor updates and changes under the hood. This should translate to things like better overall performance, new icons and animations, and additional settings you can tweak.
A cleaner-looking desktop and taskbar setup
A redesigned Start menu with quick access to all features (until then, you can use one of the best Windows 11 free Start menu replacement apps)
You can see it has a floating taskbar dock at the bottom, a floating search bar at the top, and various other icons on either corner of the screen. The taskbar is only a little different from the existing one we've grown familiar with over the years because it's just slightly hovering over the bottom of the screen. The search bar, however, has never existed at the top like that, and definitely not entirely detached from the taskbar.
With Microsoft's planned $10B investment in OpenAI, which follows its previous $1B investment, it's beginning to sound more realistic that the company will use some form of artificial intelligence in their operating system.
No More Control Panel
We also expect a further shift (possibly a full withdrawal) away from the Control Panel in favor of Settings. Settings was introduced back in Windows 8 and was intended to replace the Control Panel, but the utility is still available today.
If Windows 12 gets rid of Control Panel entirely, all the Control Panel applets might be moved into Settings. We've already seen this start to happen, like with Windows Update, which hasn't been available through Control Panel since Windows 8.
Our phones can use animated wallpapers, but Windows has been stuck with static images forever. This is already possible through third-party apps like Desktop Live Wallpapers, but it'd be great for the ability to add live wallpapers to be built right in to Windows.
Windows 12 System Requirements
To install Windows 12, your computer must meet the minimum system requirements. It's likely that these requirements will be similar to, or the same as, the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.
We expect something like this, where your computer must have at least the following in order for it to be compatible with Windows 12:
8 GB of RAM
64 GB of storage
1 GHz CPU clock speed
An internet connection and a Microsoft account (for the initial setup)