Microsoft: Function updates for Windows 10 from now on annually

On the occasion of the release of the current November update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised to continue to provide the operating system with annual function updates. Microsoft is thus adapting the update cycle to that of Windows 11, which should also receive major updates once a year. Windows 10 had previously received feature updates twice a year.

The second function update of this year is currently being rolled out with Windows 10 21H2. It is available for download in the update settings of the operating system or will appear there shortly – depending on the system. The next big update for Windows 10 should come in the second half of 2022, according to Microsoft in own Windows blog announced.

The November update was announced back in July of this year. Version 21H2 for Windows 10 systems is just a small, regular “enablement update” with functions for productivity, administration and security. Among other things, it offers support for the WPA3-H2E standard for improved WLAN security and for GPU computing in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW). The functions for machine learning and other computationally intensive workflows can therefore fall back on the support of the graphics card.

Microsoft’s focus is now on the further development of Windows 11. However, the software provider promises support for Windows 10 until mid-October 2025. After all, this operating system continues to play an important role with 1.3 billion monthly active Windows 10 systems Users.

At the same time, Microsoft is stepping on the accelerator with the rollout of Windows 11. We got positive feedback from users about the update. Therefore, Microsoft is extending the release for the next operating system version to more Windows 10 systems that are compatible with Windows 11. For systems that are not actually supported, Microsoft has already shown a trick to bypass the Windows 11 requirements, but at the same time warns against it.


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