Microsoft is breaking tradition about Windows updates

The next major update for Windows 10, version 21H1, is supposed to arrive in the first half of 2021, focusing on improving remote work scenarios.

Microsoft traditionally offers two major updates to the Windows operating system each year, with the biggest features arriving in the spring and a smaller update in the fall.

While IT executives are accustomed to this approach, Microsoft appears to be working to reverse this rhythm of 2021.

John Cable, from Microsoft, explains: Version 21H1 of Windows 10 contains a specific set of features that improve security, remote access, and quality.

He added: The features we’re launching in this update focus on the core experiences that customers have told us they rely on a lot at the moment.

These improvements include:

  • Windows Hello multi-camera support sets the default as an external camera when there are both external and internal Windows Hello cameras.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including improved document opening scenario times.
  • Update of the GPSVC Windows Management Group Policy service to improve performance to support remote work scenarios.

Windows camera changes mean you’ll soon be able to connect an external Windows Hello camera and get face detection benefits via a laptop that has a built-in Windows Hello camera.

The operating system does not currently support this scenario well, and this means that cameras, such as Logitech Brio, do not work properly with devices such as Microsoft’s Surface lineup that also contains Windows Hello cameras.

Other Microsoft enhancements to the 21H1 are clearly designed for IT administrators to improve support for remote work.

This includes improved document opening times for Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software, and performance improvements in the administration and configuration aspect of Windows.

The 21H1 update is being installed as quickly as the cumulative monthly operating system updates, and Microsoft has begun testing the update with beta testers today, and plans to make it available to all users later in the first half of this year.

Microsoft is also expected to introduce a larger update to the operating system later in 2021, and the company plans a comprehensive visual revamp of the system, codenamed Sun Valley.

The software giant is also planning to detail the upcoming big changes to Windows at a special event in the coming months.

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