Prime focus for Microsoft may be on Windows 11, but the firm is still working on Windows 10 21H2, the next feature update for its current operating system due out later this year.
The software titan recently confirmed that it is on track.
And today, the company introduced this new version, sharing more details, and confirming in the process the new features that will be part of this release. Most of these are focused on developers and enterprise users, but they are welcome nonetheless.
We have the introduction of WPA3 H2E support, simplified passwordless deployments with Windows Hello for Business, GPU compute support in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), as well as Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments.
So, yeah, not many consumer facing improvements in this version.
But since Windows 11 will not be supported on all Windows 10 computers, the 21H2 and subsequent releases are important for people who will stick with the current OS in the coming years.
To that end, Redmond plans on ensuring that this update installs quickly on any Windows 10 system running version 2004 or later, while also making sure that it is serviced for 18 months on Home and Pro editions of the operating system.
Education and Enterprise versions of Windows 10 will, of course, be supported for 30 months.
Alongside, the next version of the Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will also be released around the same time as 21H2, and will provide updates for five years.
Should come in handy for folks and organizations who don’t want to upgrade computers very regularly.
Microsoft has now started rolling out 21H2 builds to Windows Insiders who were moved to the Release Preview channel from the Beta channel because their system did not meet the Windows 11 system requirements.