Microsoft launched Windows 10 21H1 – for beta testers

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a recurring product that, in addition to ongoing security updates several times a year, the company also makes major changes. It was last in the line Second half of 2020 20H2, Which included the Chromium-based version of the Edge browser.

Now it’s time again and this time the version is called 21H1. Microsoft talks about surprisingly few new features on its blog, while promising maximum flexibility in the deployment schedule, to suit users in the new everyday life that includes working from home. In addition to performance and security updates, we promise:

New features in Windows 10 21H1:

  • Windows Hello supports multicamera to default as external camera when there are both external and internal Windows Hello cameras.

  • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including improved document opening scenario times.

  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updates performance optimization to support remote work scenarios.

In addition to security policy updates to support remote work and performance improvements for Windows Defender, the only true update to Windows Hello. If the majority of compatible cameras are connected to the system, the OS in 21H1 will by default use the externally connected system, for example, to recognize faces when logging into the system.

Users running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2 will be offered the update as a monthly security update via Windows Update. Instead, prior-release users will receive the update as a major update – and participants in the Windows Insider Program Beta Channel will receive the update starting today. Other Windows 10 users will receive the 21H1 update later in the first half of 2021.

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