25 June 2021
Update: May 27, 2021
Microsoft Windows 10 21H1 update is now available as a public release. The update brings improved Windows Hello support for systems with multiple cameras. There are improvements to the Group Policy Service which allow faster group policy updates for remote workers. The Windows Defender Application Guard has also received improvement.
Microsoft is expected to bring bigger changes via the 21H2 release that might arrive this October.
Original post (February 19, 2021)
Microsoft has formally announced that the next major Windows 10 update is getting ready for the public release. It is officially called Windows 10 21H1 update and will arrive sometime during spring. As there is still some time for the update to land on compatible PCs, the team has detailed some of the important features that will become available.
John Cable, Vice President, Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, has written a detailed blog post revealing all the important details. He says that Windows 10 21H1 update is primarily focused around work from home scenarios. It will help users in being more productive in the work they do from the comfort of their homes. It has also improved the security of the operating system to keep users private and work data safe.
Here are three major changes that users can look forward to:
- Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
- Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.
The post further mentions that users who are currently running Windows 10 20H2 or version 2004 update will experience a faster installation process. This is because the update will get installed like a monthly update. As for users who have an older Windows 10 version installed, the upgrade will get installed like a standard update where it takes its sweet time to get everything done.