Microsoft yesterday released Windows 10 21H2 generally, allowing users to finally get their hands on the November 2021 Update. Of course, this is for anyone remaining on Windows 10 and not making the upgrade to Windows 11, for any reason.
Alongside the launch, Microsoft is also making some changes to how it delivers updates for Windows 10. In the wake of Windows 11, the company says it will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025. However, it will no longer update the platform twice every year (H1, H2 releases) and will instead send out annual updates.
The means Windows 10 21H2 will not be followed by a 22H1 update in the spring. Microsoft will instead wait until the end of 2022 to deliver the upgrade. That streamlines updates and brings Windows 10 on course with Windows 11’s annual updates.
Microsoft will maintain the length of time it supports individual Windows 10 builds. So, Pro and Home SKU users will get support for 18 months, while Education and Enterprise users will have 30 months.
Other house-cleaning changes include renaming Windows 10 service releases as the “General Availability Channel” instead of the “Semi-Annual Channel”. I bet you absolutely needed to know that vital piece of info.
As always, Microsoft is releasing the new update in stages. That means some users will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 21H2 automatically just yet. If you cannot wait, grab the manual update through Windows Update by following the path Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for the relevant release.
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