This holiday season should be a pretty busy one for Microsoft, with the company currently getting ready to release the Windows 10 21H2 update in addition to Windows 11. Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade for select Windows 10 PCs this holiday season, but Windows 10 version 21H2 will also be available for all PCs that don’t meet the controversial minimum requirements for Windows 11.
Microsoft has once again confirmed last month that Windows 10 will be supported until 2025, and the six-year-old OS will also receive the redesigned Microsoft Store that will also ship with Windows 11 later this year. The software giant has yet to share officially discuss what to expect with Windows 10 version 21H2, but Windows Latest is reporting the company has already started to spill some details on the minor update on various support pages.
First of all, it seems that the Windows 10 version 21H2 will bring further improvements to its Windows Hello authentication technology after the 21H1 update brought multi-camera support earlier this year. In a support page about Windows Hello for Business that was recently updated, Microsoft has explicitly said that Windows 10 version 21H2 will allow users to use external Windows Hello cameras when a laptop with an internal Windows Hello camera is closed or docked.
In another support document related to Windows Autopilot, Microsoft also mentioned that Windows 10 version 21H2 will add support for TPM attestation for Intel Tiger Lake (11th generation) CPUs. On another page for Windows IT Pros, the company also explained that Windows 10 version 21H2 will allow non-Administrator accounts to configure the display language and other language features.
Microsoft has yet to release the first Windows 10 21H2 build to Windows Insiders, and it’s possible that more new features are in the pipeline. Again, Microsoft will also bring the redesigned Microsoft Store that's currently in testing with Windows Insiders to Windows 10 PCs, though it's still not exactly clear if some apps on the new Store will only be available for Windows 11 users.
Several signs already point at an October 2021 release for Windows 11, and it's likely that Windows 10 version 21H2 will start rolling out in the same timeframe. We hope that the company will share more details about its Windows plans soon, but it looks like Windows 10 may only get minor updates going forward as the Windows team focuses its energy on Windows 11.