Microsoft announces Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1)

May 2021 Update announced

The Windows 10 May 2021 Update has been finalized and Build
19043.928 is likely to be the release candidate.
Unsurprisingly, May 2021 Update will begin rolling out to
millions of users around the world in May, and it will ship
with a few minor improvements, mostly for enterprise customers.

Microsoft has officially named the version 21H1 update as “May
2021 Update” and published the final bits in the Release
Preview Channel.

Windows 10 May 2021 Update, otherwise known as version 21H1, is
based on Windows 10 version 20H2 and version 2004. In other
words, this isn’t a huge upgrade and it doesn’t come with

long-rumoured rounded corners, floating taskbar and other
design improvements.

While Windows 10 version 21H1 isn’t the most anticipated
update, it does come with improvements for enterprise
customers.

Windows Hello gets better in May 2021 Update

With Windows 10’s May Update, Microsoft says it’s trying to
support remote work scenarios.

The most significant new feature in this update is support for
external Windows Hello cameras. In the original changelog, the
software maker noted that users can now use an external camera
as the default solution for Windows Hello when internal cameras
are already present.

This is particularly helpful when you’re working from home and
using laptops with large monitors. If you’ve external depth
cameras connected to the second monitor, you can now use it
with Windows Hello without disabling the built-in camera of
your laptop.

New features for advanced and enterprise customers

In this feature update, Microsoft is also making performance
improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG).
This feature is available for both enterprise and professional
customers, and it is a virtualization layer that can protect
your computer when you’re browsing untrusted sites.

This feature is based on Hyper-V and it works on compatible
hardware where virtualization is enabled in BIOS settings.

After the update has been applied to your system, Microsoft
says you will notice performance improvements when using
features offered in Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG).

The third and the last new addition is for enterprise customers
only. As per the changelog, Windows Management Instrumentation
(WMI) has been updated with performance improvement to support
remote work.

May 2021 Update is in the final stage of testing

To be clear, the next feature update is still in the final
stage of testing and anyone can download it by joining the
Release Preview Channel.

Although it has been finalized, it’ll still receive one or two
cumulative updates with security and non-security fixes before
rolling out to customers in the production channel.

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