Microsoft has confirmed that its latest Windows 10 update, version 21H1, will arrive in the spring of this year, first in a tech community post on February 15 and in a more formal company blog post on February 17. . This follows the usual Microsoft pattern. of rolling out two major updates to Windows 10 per year, and this one follows the latest. (If you are running Windows 7, you can still for the latest updates).
While we can expect some useful new features to arrive this spring, it seems likely that Microsoft is using this smaller update cycle to prepare for a larger update to the Windows 10 UI, supposedly codenamed Sun Valley, that will be part of Microsoft’s renewed focus on Windows. 10 that executives mentioned last year. We won’t know exactly what that means until a bigger update is confirmed, but we’ve compiled a few rumors below.
Here’s what we know about Windows 10 version 21H1 so far, and what it could mean for the future of the operating system.
What is Windows 10 version 21H1?
Windows 10 version 21H1 will be Microsoft’s latest update for the operating system and will arrive sometime this spring. These updates often end up being called the April or May update.
Microsoft typically releases a larger feature update in the spring and a smaller one in the fall. But version 21H1 also appears to be a minor update, rather than a patch.
What new features will the new update include?
According to Microsoft’s blog post, new features in Windows 10 will include:
- Multi-camera support for Windows Hello, allowing users to choose an external camera when using high-end displays with built-in cameras.
- Windows Defender application protection enhancements, including optimization of document open scenario times.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) update enhancements to support remote work.
“The features we are rolling out in this update focus on core experiences that customers have told us they trust the most at this time,” the post read. “Therefore, we optimized this version to support the most urgent needs of our customers.”
According to Digital Trends, the update will also include new icons, updated settings pages, and some tweaks to Cortana and the search box experience.
When can I download the new update?
Microsoft said the Windows 10 21H1 update will be available in the first half of the year. A report from Windows Central says it will arrive in May, although Microsoft did not confirm it.
On Wednesday, Microsoft began rolling out a 21H1 build for Windows Insiders in the Beta program. New features will be offered in future versions of Windows Insider Preview as they are ready.
When the update is generally available, it will be the first time that an H1 feature update (first half of the calendar year) will be delivered using Microsoft’s service technology. That means it will arrive the same way Windows 10 monthly updates do. It’s the same way too.the update was released. If you are already running Windows 10 version 2004 or version 20H2, it will be a quick installation process to get the latest update.
When it is generally available in the spring, you will be able to download version 21H1 by going to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Updateand clicking on Search for updates. If available, you will see Feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1. Click Download and install.
What’s this biggest Windows 10 update that could come next?
In an October 2020 earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft is “doubling down” on Windows and PC, and will continue to innovate.
This could take the form of a major operating system update for Windows 10 later this year that would bring a major UI design update, according to a report from Windows Central. The update, supposedly codenamed Sun Valley, could bring a redesigned Start menu, Action Center, and File Explorer, with a more modern look and new features. Sun Valley is expected to launch around the 2021 holiday season, Windows Central says, but that could change.
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