Microsoft is releasing Windows 10’s November 2021 update, additionally referred to as Home windows 10 21H2, to the general public in the present day. The corporate can be clarifying its plans for the future of Windows 10 updates: beginning now, Microsoft will proceed to supply Home windows 10 characteristic updates as soon as per 12 months, moderately than the present twice-per-year schedule. That is meant to sync Home windows 10’s replace schedule with Home windows 11’s, which can be going to obtain main characteristic updates as soon as per 12 months.
Microsoft hasn’t dedicated to the variety of yearly updates it’ll present for Home windows 10, however the firm will assist “not less than one model” of the OS till replace assist ends in October of 2025. Microsoft is promising 18 months of assist for Home windows 10 21H2, so it appears secure to imagine that we’ll not less than see 22H2 and 23H2 releases for Home windows 10. For companies utilizing Home windows 10 Enterprise, model 21H2 can be a Lengthy-Time period Servicing Channel (LTSC) replace and can obtain replace assist for 5 years as an alternative of 18 months.
Whereas extra Home windows 10 updates might be welcome information for anybody who is not prepared to maneuver to Home windows 11 or whose hardware doesn’t support the new OS, it isn’t clear what “characteristic updates” will entail for an working system that has been replaced. Microsoft does have a historical past of backporting some apps and APIs to older variations of Home windows to extend adoption of latest applied sciences and cut back the quantity of labor builders have to do. However there are already some options which are at present unique to Home windows 11—together with 64-bit x86 app emulation on the ARM version of Windows 10, the faster-to-update Microsoft Store version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, the Windows Subsystem for Android in its entirety, and a lot of the up to date first-party apps—and we would anticipate that record to develop moderately than shrink.
The “Home windows-as-a-service” mannequin as initially pitched was presupposed to alleviate the fragmentation between totally different variations of Home windows and to take away the necessity for characteristic backporting within the first place. It stays to be seen how Home windows-as-a-service works when Microsoft is servicing two barely (however more and more) totally different variations of Home windows in parallel.