Microsoft is happy to release Windows 11 in the coming months, but has not completely turned its back on Windows 10. In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced another feature update for Windows 10 and assured us that it is still "focused on supporting more than 1.3 billion monthly active devices" currently running the operating system.
It is inevitable that a large number of these devices will migrate to Windows 11 when the operating system is available, although for various reasons, not all will. Some current Windows 10 devices will never see an upgrade to Windows 11 due to hardware requirements (especially if Microsoft maintains the need for TPM 2.0), while others may be withheld for a variety of reasons.
We saw it when Windows 10 came out, with a large number of people clinging to Windows 7. It's their way: it took longer than Microsoft initially expected to arrive 1 billion Windows 10 devices.
Those who plan to stay with Windows 10 will be happy to know that it won’t be a later thought, at least not initially. That is, if you take Microsoft's word and take stock of the upcoming 21H2 update.
"Windows continues to play an important role in people's lives as they continue to work, learn and have fun in hybrid and remote environments. Our goal is to provide new features and functionality through a fast and reliable upgrade experience. to help keep people and organizations safe and productive. The 21H2 version will continue the recent trend of feature updates that are delivered optimized using maintenance technology. " Microsoft said.
Outside of what it represents (continued support), the 21H2 update is not terribly exciting. Microsoft outlined three main goals it hopes to achieve with the next update that will be reduced to better Wi-Fi security, easier deployment of Windows Hello on enterprise machines, and GPU computing support on the Windows for Linux (WSL) subsystem. ) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW).
"As this version of Windows 10 is scheduled for the second half of 2021, the Home and Pro editions of the 21H2 version will receive 18 months of service and the Enterprise and Education editions will have 30 months of service. In addition, we will also launch the next version of the long-term maintenance channel of Windows 10 (LTSC) based on the 21H2 version at the same time, and will have five years of service as announced in February, "Microsoft added.
The update to version 21H2 of Windows 10 is currently being tested with Windows Insiders in the Preview version channel. In a independent blog post, Microsoft outlined several fixes in the preview version, including one for a problem that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
You still have plenty of time to decide if you want to stick with Windows 10 or make the leap to Windows 11 when it comes out. The current plan is to launch Windows 11 sometime this year (possibly in late October or November), with updates from existing Windows 10 users arriving early next year.
If you decide to upgrade, you’ll have some time to try out the new waters before you commit; for the first 10 days, you will have the option to return to Windows 10 with all your data and programs intact. Then you'd want to back up your data and do a clean install of Windows 10, if you want to go back.
That said, Microsoft promises that Windows 11 "will offer the best PC gaming experiences to date." What this entails remains to be seen. For example, Microsoft originally announced that DirectStorage would be an exclusive feature for Windows 11, but now we know that it will also be enabled in Windows 10. This is great news for Windows 10 users: DirectStorage is designed to harness the latent power of NVMe SSDs in games, which could facilitate faster load times and wider environments.
Time will tell how everything is combined. However, the big food is that Windows 10 will continue to be relevant for at least the next few years.