Microsoft is now rolling out the Windows 10 21H1 features. The component are already in place for Windows 10 version 20H2 so all that is needed tis to wait for Windows update. Most of the recent updates have been bug fixes which were noted in telemetry reports. The bugs list has been slowly shrinking now that the process of maintaining Windows is smoother. After the 1809 update fiasco Microsoft does not want to see that ever again.
Microsoft is also retiring Internet Explorer after being in service from the sawn of the commercial internet in 1995. In the early days competition with Netscape drove the internet bubble to unimaginable heights. The Tech Wreck of 2001 finally weeded out some problems but many new ones emerged. In 2005, Microsoft introduced the Edge Brower to replace Internet Explorer.
Windows 10, 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.
New features include multicamera support for Windows Hello and security related performance improvements.
- 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.
Customers running either Windows 10, version 2004 or version 20H2 who choose to update to the new release will have a fast installation experience because the update will install like a monthly update. For consumer or commercial users coming from versions of Windows 10 earlier than the May 2020 Update (version 2004), the process of updating to the new release will be the same as it has been and will work in a similar manner to previous Windows 10 feature updates, using the same tools and processes. As this Windows 10 release is targeted for the first half of 2021, all Windows 10 editions of version 21H1 will receive 18 months of servicing.
One new visible feature for the taskbar is the weather.
The Windows 10 version 21H1 media creation tool is now available as well. It’s always advisable to have a bootable USB/DVD to recover a machine in case it becomes unbootable.