It’s been quite a while since Microsoft spoke about the next version of Windows 10. Normally, this information should have been out by late 2020.
John Cable – VP Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, writes in a blog post,
Today, we are introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1. As people continue to rely on Windows more than ever to work, learn and have fun, we understand the importance of providing the best possible update experience to help people and organizations stay protected and productive. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly and why for the first time an H1 (first half of the calendar year) feature update release will be delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology, while continuing our semi-annual feature update cadence. In today’s blog I will cover details on how we plan to service the release, its scope, and next steps.blogs.windows.com
Some new features based on the feedback include:
- Multicamera improvements for Windows Hello and security related performance, like support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
- Windows Defender Application Guards performance improvement
- WMI – Windows Management Instrumentation Group Policy Service updating improvements.
Cable also writes, users on Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 will have fast installation experience because the update will install like a monthly update (cumulative update).
Windows 10 21H1 will release in the first half of 2021. While 21H1 is a small, performance focused release, the next version of Windows 10 dubbed Sun Valley (21H2) is expected to be a major release with big UI improvements.