Windows 10 switches to feature updates once a year

The biannual feature updates that Windows 10 receives are phasing out, being replaced by just one in the second half of each year by 2025.

In a post to the Windows Experience blog Focusing on the Windows 10 November 2021 update, John Cable, vice president, program management, Windows maintenance and delivery, announced a major change in the way Windows 10 receives updates going forward.

Until now, Microsoft has been rolling out feature updates for the operating system twice a year. However, this practice has now been replaced with a single feature update each year. Microsoft classifies them as “maintenance options” and the new approach is called the general availability channel. The semi-annual channel, called the semi-annual channel, is being phased out.

The move to annual updates should be welcomed by just about everyone. Feature updates can take a long time to download and install, and only then do you find out if Microsoft has successfully cracked the operating system for your particular hardware setup. Only having to go through this ordeal once, rather than twice a year, is a positive step. Security Updates and Patch Tuesdays, however, should continue as normal.

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Microsoft has also confirmed that it will continue to support at least one version of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. Windows 10 Home and Pro editions of the November 2021 update will receive 18 months of maintenance and support. . Education and Enterprise editions benefit from 30 months. At the same time, Microsoft will push as many people as possible to switch to Windows 11, which also only rolls out feature updates once a year.

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