We are used to seeing two updates from Microsoft for Windows 10 each year and today we are going to talk about the new features of Windows 10 21H2. Even though Windows 11 is on the way, many people will be using Windows 10 and therefore its updates will still be very important, at least until October 2025 when it will no longer be supported.
Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 21H2. We don’t know its official name yet but it could be called Windows 10 October 2021 Update or Windows 10 November 2021 Update.
Windows 10 21H2 is already available for those who are part of the Preview Channel of the Insider Program through the 19044.1147 build that comes with the KB5004296 patch, the same as Windows 10 May 2021 Update and October 2021 Update.
This update does not yet include the most prominent features listed in John Cable’s blog for Windows 10 in version 21H2 but will be included in a future update. A Build that does include almost all of the improvements we saw in build 19043.147 for Windows 10.
The 21H2 update will enable support for WPA3 H2E standards to improve the security of the wireless connection (Wi-Fi). It will also offer support for simplified passwordless deployment in Windows Hello, although it will only be available for enterprises.
For consumers and developers, Microsoft will enable GPU processing in WSL, so that users will be able to leverage their GPU when working with WSL and thus improve the performance of WSL containers and make it easier for developers.
In addition, thanks to the support for GUI applications to WSL, users will be able to run Linux and Windows applications simultaneously, achieving an experience similar to a native application.
We will have to wait for the next build to start receiving some of these new features. If you are part of the Insider Program and Preview Channel, you can see the Windows Update, in the “Settings > Update and security > Windows Update” path and choose to download and install 21H2.