Microsoft just announced that the next version of Windows 10 is available for beta channel Insiders to test. the publisher has dropped the 1909 type numbers (year and month) for the name 21H1, which means that this is the update for the first half of 2021.
In a blog post, Microsoft says Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a feature set that improves security, remote access, and quality.
The features we’re releasing in this update focus on the top experiences that customers have told us they rely on the most right now. We have therefore optimized this version to meet the most urgent needs of our customers.
Teleworking will therefore be in the spotlight in the new version with the following functions:
Managing multiple cameras in Windows Hello with the ability to specify an external camera as the default device.
Improved performance of Windows Defender Application Guard extension, for Chrome and Firefox, which opens questionable web pages in an isolated environment. The opening of documents will be faster.
Improved performance of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) to better support remote work scenarios.
No big news in prospect, therefore, but improvements which should be notable all the same. Additionally, Microsoft has announced that version 21H1 will be released as a “Service Pack” which will make installation easier and limit the number of restarts for users who have the current version (20H2) of the OS, or the May 2020 update. These two versions have been deployed in the same way. Version 21H1 will therefore be a modest update and will benefit from a lifespan of 18 months, during which it will receive regular fixes.
Microsoft has yet to announce when the final version of Windows 10 21H1 will be available.