Microsoft is preparing to change the update cycle of its operating systems again. The Redmond giant, according to Windows Central, will release new versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 (also called feature updates) once every three years. Microsoft will change the frequency of Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates
However, we wouldn’t have to wait that long for the new features that have been cooking in the Windows Insider program, such as ripping audio CD content and search highlights. These will arrive through several parallel updates. Let’s see.
Microsoft will change the frequency of Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates
Traditionally, Windows 10 received two feature updates per year, but with the arrival of Windows 11, Microsoft decided to implement the same cycle in its two active operating systems: that is, they would receive one major update per year.
Now, with the supposed new roadmap, these systems would move to a feature update cadence with longer lead times starting in 2023. As we mentioned above, they would receive a major update once every three years with the OS changing version (it will not be a new operating system).
For example, the expected new versions of Windows 10 22H2 and Windows 11 22H2 ‘Sun Valley 2’ have not yet been released. In this case, these will not yet be governed by the new update scheme but will arrive to prepare the ground for Microsoft to implement new feature updates throughout the year.
It should be noted that Microsoft has not implemented any changes when it comes to its quality updates. These, also known as ‘Patch Tuesdays,’ continue to ship monthly to Windows 10 and Windows 11 and include enhancements to features already installed, bug fixes, and resolutions to security issues.
What does this mean for Windows 10 users?
Windows 10 users will still receive monthly quality updates (also known as Patch Tuesdays) that include bug fixes, security patches, and feature enhancements. However, they will not see any significant changes or new features in their operating system until the next feature update, which is expected in the second half of 2023. The current version of Windows 10, version 21H2, will be supported until May 10, 2024, for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions, and until May 9, 2025, for Enterprise and Education editions.
How can Windows 10 users upgrade to Windows 11?
Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, which was released in October 2021. It offers a new design, improved performance, enhanced security, and new features such as Snap Layouts, Widgets, and Android apps. Windows 11 is a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 devices that meet the minimum hardware requirements. Users can check their device compatibility and upgrade options using the PC Health Check app or the Windows Update settings. Alternatively, they can purchase a new device that comes pre-installed with Windows 11.
Microsoft will change the frequency of Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates to provide a better and more consistent experience for its customers and partners. Windows 10 users will still receive monthly quality updates, but they will have to wait longer for new features and major changes. Windows 11 users will also have annual feature updates, but they will enjoy a more modern and innovative operating system. Users can choose to upgrade to Windows 11 for free if their device is compatible, or they can stick with Windows 10 until it reaches the end of support in 2025.