Microsoft officials have not said publicly about the next Windows 1
That was until yesterday, February 15th. A blog post from the Microsoft Tech Community about the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) – discovered by Neowin.net – provided an “official” confirmation that Windows 10 21H1 is coming and will be a minor update, as previous rumors had suggested.
The Windows 10 2H1 feature update, such as 20H2, will behave almost like a cumulative update. Drivers that meet the Windows 10 2004 requirements do not require new signatures. Windows 10 2004, 20H2 and 21H1 will all be based on the 2004 code base, writes the blog post.
The reason this is important at all is because a number of IT professionals had become accustomed in the last couple of years to Microsoft releasing a major Windows 10 feature update in the spring, followed by a minor update in the fall. This year, our / H1 update will be smaller. Rumor has it that the fall / H2 Windows 10 feature update will be bigger, when it comes to new features. Among the new features are a number of UI changes in the application interface for applications that go by the code name “Sun Valley”.
Microsoft officials are not talking about any of this beyond the aforementioned blog post at this time. The Windows team has not yet released a 21H1 trial version of the Beta or Release Preview rings, although it is likely to happen relatively soon.
When Microsoft completes 21H1 after it’s tested – and is likely to continue to add fixes and updates to it – it will begin rolling out 21H1. The process will probably be like what happened with 20H2. The 20H2 update was intended to be a small update until 2004, activated with an “Enablement Package”, which looks and feels a lot like a cumulative update. For anyone running a version older than 2004, the 20H2 update updated itself as a regular Windows 10 feature release – meaning it will not be as fast and painless. (This is similar to how Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 in 1909, which was a minor update to 1903.)