On the 18th of May, Microsoft rolled out the 21H1 version of Windows 10. Contrary to most Spring updates, this is a minor one. Today, we will discuss all that this new update has to offer. The May 2021 update was first announced back in February and is going to provide some new features like Windows Hello Multicamera, along with several security fixes. Microsoft is using this update to address the dynamic needs of its customers and lay down the foundation for better, more impactful updates and changes in the future.
What’s new in the Windows 10 May 2021 update?
In a blog post dated February 2021, Microsoft talked about the new features and utilities, along with some security improvements, that the May 2021 update was going to offer. We discuss some of them below:
- Windows Hello is now offered multicamera support. This would allow users to set an external camera as their default.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) is going to see some improvements, to make remote work more convenient.
- Improvements in the Windows Defender Application Guard like optimization of document opening scenario times.
The May 2021 update will also see Windows roll out some new icons and settings in its Windows setup.
How to get the Windows 10 version 21H1
Microsoft decided to make the newest update available only to users running Windows 10, 2004 version or later initially. Users of the 2004 Windows 10 edition will experience a faster installation process of the newest update because this update is delivered using Microsoft’s servicing technology. This means that the update will install just like the monthly updates do. If you are interested in updating your Windows 10 computer to the 21H1 version, you have to follow the steps below:
- Open your Windows Settings and visit Updates and Security.
- From the options on the left pane, select Windows Update and click on Check for Updates.
- If you can see the update, click on Download and Install.
“In the current environment, we know that you continue to rely on your PCs more than ever. As a result, we are initially taking a measured seeker-based approach to the rollout of the May 2021 Update. We are throttling availability up over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience for all, so the update may not be offered to you right away,” says Microsoft about their selective availability approach.
Microsoft also talks about some compatibility issues that certain devices may face and ensures its users that this update won’t be available on those devices till those issues are, in foresight, looked after and users can have a seamless update experience.
Head on over to Microsoft.com to read more about the newest Windows update and what the company has in store for its future.
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