Microsoft has christened this year’s fall update as the Windows
10 version 21H2. At the moment, it’s only available for
“seekers” in the Release Preview Channel and Beta Channel for
unsupported Windows 11 PCs, meaning those who check for updates
manually will be offered the feature update.
Windows 10 21H2 has already been feature-locked and it’s frozen
in terms of adding noticeable improvements, and Microsoft has
been working on stabilising the OS. Windows 10 October 2021
Update is apparently around the corner and Microsoft has now
released a new cumulative update to prepare this new version of
Windows for consumers.
Build 19044.1263 or newer is likely to be the final build that
will ship to users in October 2021. That’s because Microsoft
has now published
Windows 10 ISO images for Build 19044.1263 in the Windows
Insider program, and it is also rolling out to all testers in
Microsoft is currently busy squashing bugs that pop up during
the final testing, so it’s likely that a big cumulative update
with bug fixes will be released in the last week of October
Windows 10 21H2 rollout rumours
Naturally, Windows 10 21H2 will reach non-Insiders in the month
of October as an optional update, ahead of a likely wider
rollout in early 2022.
As we reported recently, Windows 10 version 21H2 (October 2021
Update) is a minor enablement package update and it comes with
quality improvements for enterprise customers.
According to the changelog, Microsoft has fixed issues
with Windows 10’s OOBE (out-of-box experience). Another bug has
been fixed that causes the operating system to display time
incorrectly after a daylight saving time (DST) change. Microsft
has also fixed an issue where Outlook apps would stop
responding during normal use.
Microsoft is also testing TPM attestation support for Windows
10 21H2-powered PCs using Intel Tiger Lake CPUs. Similarly,
Microsoft is testing support for external Windows Hello
cameras, but this feature will require support for built-in
Windows Hello cameras as well as external cameras.
Windows 10 isn’t going to change dramatically after October
2021 Update and there won’t be any new features in version
21H2. We’ve also heard of improvements for inbox apps like
Microsoft Photos, Clock, Mails & Calendar, but Microsoft
hasn’t revealed when these Windows 11 apps will arrive on
Windows 10 machines.
Microsoft Store for Windows 10 is expected to get the new
Windows 11-like design in November or December. More details
will be shared later.