Introducing Windows 10, version 21H1

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Although Windows 10 Mobile is now in the rear view mirror, Windows 10 for Desktop (including on ultra-mobile PCs/hybrids, think Surface Go) continues apace and Microsoft just announced what's in the next update, coming in the next few months. But as they said in Star Wars, this probably isn't the update you're looking for. That'll be the much bigger 21H2 later in the year.

From Microsoft:

Based on feedback and learnings during the past year of extensive remote work, learning and play, version 21H1 will be delivered with servicing technology (like that used for the monthly update process and how 20H2 was delivered). Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality...

New features include:

  • Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.

Customers running either Windows 10, version 2004 or version 20H2 who choose to update to the new release will have a fast installation experience because the update will install like a monthly update.  For consumer or commercial users coming from versions of Windows 10 earlier than the May 2020 Update (version 2004), the process of updating to the new release will be the same as it has been and will work in a similar manner to previous Windows 10 feature updates, using the same tools and processes. As this Windows 10 release is targeted for the first half of 2021, all Windows 10 editions of version 21H1 will receive 18 months of servicing.

Our multilayered approach to the development and launch of feature updates continues and includes fully leveraging the Windows Insider Program to obtain user feedback and data insights on quality. We will begin releasing 21H1 builds to Windows Insiders in the Beta channel today to those Insiders who seek to opt in, and new features will be offered in future Windows Insider Preview Builds as they are ready.  Broad availability of Windows 10, version 21H1 will begin later in the first half of this calendar year, and we will provide more information on the release and how to get it as we get closer to the launch of this next feature update. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Nothing major to see then, certainly in terms of ambition or interface, though the next major update, 21H2, will be the "Sun Valley" update with all sorts of UI tweaks. So that's the one to perhaps focus on in terms of a feature here. In the Autumn.

For now, easier Windows Hello logins and faster security checks has got to be good. As ever with Windows, just update everything all the time and hope for the best!

Source / Credit: Microsoft