Windows 10 will receive major feature updates once a year

Windows 10 feature updates

Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 version 21H2
(November 2021 Update) to users around the world. The feature
update can be installed by users running May 2020 Update
(version 2004) or newer. Additionally, Microsoft has also
announced a new update cadence for Windows 10.

As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 is set to follow an annual
update cadence, meaning users will receive major updates just
once a year. With version 21H2 (November 2021 Update),
Microsoft has confirmed the beginning of a new update cadence
for the Windows 10 operating system.

Like Windows 11, Windows 10 will also receive major updates
once a year instead of every six months. Microsoft will adopt a
once-per-year cadence for Windows 10 updates, similar to how
Apple does with macOS. This will ensure fewer issues and a
better overall experience for users, especially IT admins.

Typically, it takes a few months for a Windows 10 update to
become stable and start getting adopted widely. Going forward,
Windows 10 will receive one major update every year to better
align the release cycle of its old OS with Windows 11, and this
will continue until at least 2025.

This new update cadence will also ensure better update quality
for Windows 10 users.

The next major Windows 10 feature update will be released in
the second half of 2022 and it could be called October 2022
Update or November 2022. At the same time, Windows 11 will also
receive a new feature update, reportedly codenamed “22H2″, but
that feature update will include major improvements.

“The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second
half of 2022. We will continue to support at least one version
of Windows 10 through Oct. 14, 2025,” Microsoft officials said.

As with every new Windows Updates, Microsoft will be throttling
up the availability of upcoming updates to ensure a reliable
experience for everyone.

Windows 10’s November 2021 Update improvements

November 2021 Update, which is the latest version of Windows
10, comes with a few minor improvements and support for WPA3
H2E standards (enhanced Wi-Fi security). It also includes
support for Windows Hello for Business which is the simplified
passwordless deployment model for enterprise customers.

For developers, Microsoft is introducing GPU compute support in
Windows for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on
Windows.

At the same time,
Microsoft has stated that it will be accelerating the Windows
11 rollout to include more eligible devices.

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