With the arrival of Windows 11, Microsoft has decided to review the pace of updating Windows 10. Like its successor, the operating system will now only receive one major update per year, compared to two up to here.
Microsoft had decided to review its way of providing new features at the launch of Windows 10. With this operating system, the American firm had become accustomed to offering two major updates per year. Deployed using Windows Update, one brings new features while the other generally focuses on security. The year 2021 was no exception to the rule with the arrival of the May 2021 update (21H1), then the 21H2 update (November 2021) that Microsoft is just starting to roll out. A well-established process … which was shattered with the arrival of Windows 11.
The new operating system has become the priority of Microsoft, which has decided to offer only an annual update. This rhythm will now be applied to Windows 10, as explained by the program manager at Windows. “We will move to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, targeting annual feature updates.”, says John Cable. Information that already appears on the official Windows 10 documentation. “The next Windows 10 feature update is scheduled for the second half of 2022”, adds the manager. He recalls in passing that the OS will be officially supported at least until 2025, or ten years of support.
For now, the company is focused on rolling out the 21H2 update in waves. We have already mentioned the new features brought by this version which will benefit from 18 months of support for the Family and Pro editions. John Cable urges affected users to install the update as soon as it becomes available or to upgrade to Windows 11 if they have an eligible machine. He said in passing that the 2004 version of Windows 10 will no longer be supported as of December 14.
Windows 11: Microsoft accelerates the pace of deployment
If Microsoft has planned to update its old OS for a few more years, don’t expect to see any major new features. Attention is now on Windows 11, which embodies the present and the future of the company. The latter has been available for a few weeks and accompanies new computers on the market.
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s priority. © Screenshot / L’Éclaireur Fnac
The manager of Windows programs also evokes positive feedback on this version, the deployment of which will accelerate. “Based on the positive experience of rolling out the update and the user feedback we’ve seen so far, we are ramping up the pace of the rollout faster than we anticipated, and we are now making the Windows 11 upgrade no longer widely available for qualifying Windows 10 devices. “ We recently took stock of this promising, but sometimes frustrating, new version.