Microsoft confirms Windows 10 21H1 update, reveals one new feature

Microsoft has quietly confirmed that Windows 10 21H1 would be
the next feature update and it will arrive in early 2021, as
previously rumoured.

There have been clues over the past few months that Microsoft
is shifting to a new ‘minor-major’ update cadence in 2021 to
focus on the development on
Windows 10X, which was originally supposed to launch in
December 2020.

Microsoft had hinted that it would still look to release
Windows 10 feature updates twice a year, but this is the first
time Microsoft has given any sort of confirmation.

In a new support document, Microsoft has confirmed that the next
update after version 20H2 would be ‘Windows 10 21H1’. Microsoft
has also updated older support documents to highlight support
for Transportation Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 in version 21H1.

Windows 10 21H1 document

This new security layer will reduce the latency, improve
performance and security of the web connections made to Windows
10.

As you may be aware, Windows 10 test builds are no longer tied
to specific feature updates. As a result, we don’t know when
and what features are definitely coming to Windows 10 in the
next twelve months.

In version 21H1, you can expect minor improvements and
features. For example,
it will add dark more to the result pages in Windows
Search. Likewise, Microsoft is bringing DNS over HTTPS
(DoH) to Windows 10 for increased privacy and security.

DoH would be disabled by default in Windows 10, but you’ll be
able to configure it via the Networks tab in the Settings. Or
you can also directly enable this feature in your favourite web
browsers, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox.

According to sources, Microsoft would begin testing Windows 10
21H1 (Build 19043) with testers in the Release Preview Channel
in January or February 2021. While the plans are always subject
to change, version 21H1 is currently expected to begin rolling
out as an enablement package by May 2021.

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