What’s new in the Windows 10 21H1 Update?

What’s new in the Windows 10 21H1 Update?

The next update to Windows 10 is coming this spring will it will be called the Windows 10 20H1 Update. As with the last update to 20H2 update released last year the update will be delivered via a servicing update rather than a full image install to the OS. The update will be quick to install but do not expect a long list of new features. With this release Microsoft can turn on new features via the serving update so will not know exactly what new features are coming until the update ships.

Microsoft say “version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality. The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now. So, we optimized this release to support our customers’ most pressing needs.”

Which probably means there will be security fixes and fixes. As at the time of writing (February 22nd) the only changes Microsoft have detailed are:

  • 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.

21H1 is available for Windows Insiders on the beta channel to test. Hopefully there will be some more new features during the beta phase, and I will update this page as we get more information but expect new features and visual changes to come an update later this year.

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