Microsoft has announced the next major update to Windows 10 (21H2), which will bring several new features and fixes to improve system stability. The company also announced the beginning of testing of this update, in which the developers released Windows 10 build 19044.1147 (KB5004296), which became available to members of the Insider program.
This assembly has several new features. First of all, we note the emergence of support for the WPA3 H2E standard, the use of which will make it safer to work through a connection over a wireless Wi-Fi network. Windows Hello for Business introduces support for a simplified, password-less deployment model to get ready to go in minutes. The developers also added support for GPU computing in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) for machine learning and other compute-intensive workflows.
The developers also made a lot of fixes. Fixed an issue with the search index where, due to an error, it stopped working correctly and created duplicate profile names. Fixed an issue that prevented Game Services from launching certain games on custom PCs. In addition, they fixed a bug that prevented text input using the Input Method Editor (IME). Fixed a bug due to which the explorer window could lose focus when connecting a network drive. The developers have made other changes that you can read about in the official blog.
Microsoft announced and started testing Windows 10 (21H2) major update
It is noted that users of Windows 10 (2004) and later versions of the software platform will be able to install Windows 10 (21H2) as quickly as possible; since this package will be distributed as a standard cumulative update released monthly.
We are releasing this build to those Insiders via our “seeker” experience in Windows Update. This means these Insiders will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install 21H2.
Our launch approach for version 21H2 continues to fully leverage the Windows Insider Program; to obtain user feedback and data insights on quality. Today we will begin releasing 21H2 builds to Windows Insiders who were moved to the Release Preview channel from the Beta channel; because their specific devices did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. This enables them to instead experience the latest innovations and enhancements in Windows 10; Note Insiders will not see new features noted in this blog right away; but in future Insider builds as they are ready.
Broad availability of Windows 10, version 21H2 will begin later in the second half of this calendar year. We will provide more information on this release; and the next Windows 10 LTSC release (including the next IoT Enterprise LTSC release) in the near term. You can always find the latest Windows servicing; and update information on the Windows release health hub, now available in 10 languages. We look forward to hearing your feedback.