The first major Windows 10 six-month update of 2021 is practically ready: here are the main new features and when it will be available for all users.
The new Windows 10 update is ready to peep on the computers of users of Microsoft's operating system. In fact, the 21H1 update will arrive (starting from) next May and will bring with it a nice new feature that will concern access to news and interests directly in the taskbar.
The testing phase of the Windows 10 21H1 package started last April 13. In all likelihood, according to the statements of the Senior Program Manager for the Windows Insider program Brandon LeBlanc, build 9043.928 should be the last one planned for the month of May before the final rollout. The news is one of the most interesting new features for the general public, while the other features are mainly dedicated to a business audience, with changes and additions to the multicamera support for Windows Camera, Defender Application Guard and the performance of work remotely using machines equipped with Redmond's operating system.
News on Windows 10, how they work
Accessing news and interests, directly from the taskbar, will be an extremely easy and fast operation, Microsoft's word. On the official blog of the operating system has been shown how the new implementation provides a complete customization of the news, which will begin to appear on computers in the coming weeks to reach all users over the coming months.
From weather information, inserted directly into the bar and identifiable at a glance, to short flashes on the most exciting topics, from news to sports, through economics, technology or traffic, the alternatives to choose from are many and all available without having to open any other app that could go to burden the performance of your device. Just click on the headlines to read the full story, or save it for later.
My Interests also ends up directly in the taskbar, making the user experience more pleasant by having updates and news on those topics the user finds particularly engaging. Once you've selected the publishers and the topics you want to follow, you'll be able to view them together with the news in the card format that allows optimal consultation.
Windows 10, when the update arrives
In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for Microsoft to meet the publication deadlines of the two major semi-annual updates of Windows 10, which are usually defined by an abbreviation of four letters and numbers: the first two indicate the year, the other two the first or second half of the year. So, to understand, 21H1 is the "first half" update of 2021. Users still remember how last year's "May Update" didn't arrive at all in May.
As confirmed by the Windows team, however, the update is already complete and will soon be made available to all users. A specific date has not yet been marked on the calendar but, as usual, it could be launched as an optional package on Patch Tuesday in May.
As in the past, users who manually search for updates via the operating system's dedicated settings could be the ones who benefit from the content as a priority. So better check it out if you want to be among the first to be able to try all the integrations.