Windows 13 (Palisade) was the thirteenth major release of Windows. Windows 13 was intended to be a total revamp of Windows itself. Windows 13 had an all-new kernel called the Quantum Kernel intended to prepare Windows for quantum machines and to be used as a universal kernel, allowing Windows to run on any device.
Microsoft Windows 13 initially had an overwhelmingly positive reception. Many praised its fast loading time and stability and the various new features.
New features and Changes
- A redesigned UI based on Flunet 2 design
- An all new setup design that has been redesigned from the ground-up.
- All legacy systems have either been revamped or removed due to the all-new-kernel.
- "About Windows" now informs of the user of the amount of System RAM, returning a feature not seen since Windows Vista.
- Many new apps have been added, while legacy apps have either been rewritten or revamped.
- Many new Widgets have been added to make Widgets more multipurpose.
- 32-Bit apps no longer run in Windows and no longer supported, and as such, System32 has been renamed to System64, while Program Files x86 has been removed.
- File Explorer has been heavily updated to become more efficient.
- HFD (High-Efficacy Drive) is a new file system that uses up much less of the drive and allows faster performance in an SSD. It replaces NFTS
History and Development
The idea of replacing the NT kernel had been around since the launch of Windows 12 in 2024. Windows 12 showed that the NT kernel was so old and outdated that were only two ways to keep releasing updates and versions to Windows.
One was to rewrite the NT kernel to order to modernize and futureproof it. That side became Project QNT while a team on the other side believed that NT kernel needed to be replaced with a futureproof Kernel that would need rewriting for decades to come. This project was named "Uranium."
Uranium had much better progress then QNT because Uranium had builds roll out on a weekly basis where as QNT had its first and only build roll out almost 5 months after Uranium rolled out its first build. This was likely due to the experienced Uranium Team compared to the mostly rookie team at QNT. The two projects were soon merged in early 2028 into Project Palisade to develop the next major version of Windows about a month before the unveiling of Windows 13.
Some developers of QNT were disgruntled with the merging of the two projects, and attempted to create a competing operating system known as PhoenixOS. The project recieved a poor reception before being swiftly discontinued after Microsoft sued and won.
In July of 2029, Palisade was unveiled at Microsoft's next event. At this stage, Palisade was early in its development and was mostly used to showcase The Quantum Kernel. However, Microsoft stated that Insider Preview builds would come out in the summer of 2029. Windows 13 would have the longest development cycle ever in Insider History, having over 18 Insider builds launched over its 10-month cycle in the program.
Build 27995.1000 (14-06-2029)
ISO was leaked and quickly taken down the following day. Microsoft later filled a DMCA claim on the original leaker for unauthorized leaking of software.
Build 28191.1000 (15-07-2029)
The first build launched to Insider Program, although there were earlier builds known to exist. This build changes the string number to "29H2". It would be later changed to "30H2"
Build 28298.1000 (25-07-2029)
The first build with new features. It was the first build no longer supported 32-bit apps, as launching them would result in Error 32-BIT-NO-SUPPORT trying to load a 32-bit app. It also has the following features:
- An early version of EdgeQ (a revamped version of Edge)
- Redesigned setup that was shorter and quicker. It also had an all-new bootup that had the new Windows Logo.
- Redesigned UI that uses the Fluent II design
Build 29018.1000 (04-08-2029)
This is the third build and the first one with ISO support. Upon starting up it boots up with a warning stating,
"This build is a preview of the next generation of Windows. Do not use this as your primary OS; otherwise, you may encounter errors that may prevent crucial actions, which may cause the system to crash. It's strongly advised to use a VM in any case."
It also has more features packed in, such as Neutron, a new free photo editor that supports up to 8K and allows the importation of files from Photoshop or GIMP. As of this build, it is mostly finished except for 8K support, as trying to render 8K may result in a crash. It also has a redesigned Store that uses Fluent 2
Build 29018.1025 (06-08-2029)
This was an update to fix a major bug that could crash the system on AMD CPUs.
Build 29097.1000 (14-08-2029)
Fourth major build to be launched on the program. It has major fixes around the systems and a couple of minor improvements.
Build 29109.1000 (02-09-2029)
Fifth build. EdgeQ is nearly finalized and a Microsoft account is now required to setup all versions of Windows. Expect for Enterprise.
Build 29119.1000 (09-09-2029)
Sixth build. This build was launched shortly before Microsoft Ignite 2029 and has mostly bugfixes.
Build 29128.1000 (2-10-2029)
Seventh build. "Legacy Fluent" was added but not yet usable. Desktop Widgets received a major update.
Build 29140.1000 (12-10-2029)
Eight Insider Build launched to the Dev Channel. This build has many many bugfixes.. and was indented to plan for the branch switch that was coming soon.
Build 29145.1000 (16-10-2029)
Last insider build to be launched for the branch
Build 29197.1 (07-11-2029)
The tenth build is to be launched on the program. It is also the first build
in-branch Kr_Release, which was the phase that would lead to the final release. It has a new theme called "Legacy Fluent," which are the themes of Windows 11-12. The string number has been changed "30H2". Desktop Widgets received a huge redesign to follow Fluent II.
Build 29207.1 (15-11-2029)
The Start Menu has received a total overhaul to follow Fluent II. The Chats App has been updated with some major features. Task Manager has also been overhauled to follow Flunet II and to use much less RAM then before. on 2-1 PC's. Dual-Screen Desktops are now possible each acting their own goal or purpose allowing users to focus easier and quicker.
Build 29212.1 (22-11-2029)
The Log-in screen has a total redesign allowing users to custom it. However they see fit with useful widgets and much more. Windows Hello has been updated to be easier to setup than ever before. Passkeys have also been added from MacOS.
Build 29227.1 (04-12-2029)
EdgeQ is finished at this point. While Neutron has become an app to download from either the store or the website of Microsoft, it also comes with 128-Visual, a program that allows you to program in 128-Bit, mostly for experimental purposes.
Build 29392.1 (07-12-2029)
Build 29499.1 (07-01-2030)
After a month of paused development, builds started to roll out once more. This build had nearly everything done at this point. It was the first build to require 1440p or 4K as a default resolution for Home and Pro SKUs. Enterprise would also require it starting with the following build after. SE would never have this required due to criticism from schools
Build 29522.1 (12-01-2030)
At this point, new features were rolling out less and updates were mostly stability-focused to get ready for the Final Release. which was now planned for April. Media Player 13.0 is shipped with this build rather than 12.0 as with Windows 12. Windows 13 branding was also included starting with this build instead of Windows "Dev" Branding
Build 29999.1 (22-01-2030)
This build was essentially the final product by this point. besides the fact, It had a lot of bugs left to fix. and the branding was still "Version Dev" in some places. though the final branding of Version "30H2" is mostly common by this point. Microsoft stated the reason why development had taken so long was because of the new kernel and the need to import everything from NT to Quantum. Also due to the fact this was a massive update to Windows thus requiring a lot more time to be finished. It's the last build to be launched only to the Dev Channel
Build 30000.1 (29-01-2030)
Windows 13 was announced on the Windows Channel and social media. It also formally got its final name, Windows 13. (Though Windows 13 was in the system by this point in some places). Beta Channel Insiders would receive cumulative updates of this build until the general availability of Windows 13. It had all major features and many bugs fixed to ensure a more stable experience.
Build 30000.2 (04-02-2031)
Cumulative update with minor fixes for Windows 13. This build was released to the Release Preview Channel. and for OEM's to begin testing.
Build 30000.10 (12-02-2030)
Cumulative update with minor fixes for Windows 13.
Build 32000.1 (15-02-2030)
General Availability build. Version for OEMs to ship with. This marks the end of the development of Windows 13. It would take two months, however, before consumers could get their hands on this build.
Build 33000.10 (10-23-2031)-(Rubidum)
31H2 feature update. It further revamps more legacy areas around the system, adds Neutron 2.0 and updates the OOBE.
Build 33500.10 (10-9-2032)-(Strontium)
32H2 feature update. The first major update to Windows 13. Media Player 4.0 was shipped with this update, allowing the watching of 8K videos. Further system areas have been updated to support 8K. Many apps have been updated further.
Build 34100.10 (10-05-2033)-(Yttrium)
33H2 cumulative update for 32H2. It has a few features that have been ported over from the dev channels.
Build 34500.10 (10-11-2034)-(Zirconium)
34H2 feature update. Any app that was created in Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 that has not been updated will no longer run. Many apps have been further updated, while 128-bit has formally been added as an SKU known as Windows 128X. The Start Menu has been revised with many new features.
Build 35120.10 (10-11-2035) (Niobium) (Same as Windows 14)
35H2 cumulative update. This minor update was the last update to actually include any major changes as future development shifted to Windows 14. This update includes a couple of changes to the taskbar and widgets. while also adding Media Player 4.1 as a free downland for all versions.
Build 352250.10 (11-11-2036) (Niobium)
36H2 Cumulative update. It was primarily bug fixes and few minor changes.
Build 352250.100 (09-10-2037) (Niobium)
37H2 Cumulative update. Final update to Windows 13.