Microsoft moves to annual updates for Windows 10, halving the number of yearly upgrades for its users

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  • Microsoft is moving to an annual release cycle for Windows 10, which will be supported until 2025.
  • The Windows 11 release process is progressing faster than the company expected, and Microsoft is now making it available for more devices.
  • Windows remains critical to Microsoft’s business, accounting for about 13% of revenue.

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Microsoft on Tuesday made a subtle but important change to its Windows business, meant to reduce the frustration customers experience with the update.

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After Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 11 was released last month, the company said it would release just one annual update for its predecessor, Windows 10, instead of forcing consumers to update twice a year, as in Till now it is trending. Windows 11 is on a similar annual schedule.

Windows remains critical to Microsoft’s business, accounting for about 13% of revenue. According to research firm Gartner, in 2020, Windows accounted for about 83% market share by unit shipments, while Google Chrome OS accounted for 10% and Apple’s Mac OS 7%.

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By halving the number of updates, Microsoft is conforming to the industry standard. Apple releases a new version of macOS once a year, and its iOS only receives an annual update, as does Google’s Android operating system. However, google says It releases a full update to Chrome OS roughly every four weeks.

Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015 and was updating it twice a year, prompting complaints from some customers who don’t like the extra configuration work. In 2019, Microsoft began rolling out one major update a year with new features and a smaller one focused on performance and reliability.

With Windows 11, Microsoft completely eliminated the twice-per-year approach, citing customer input. For those not ready to upgrade, the company will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025.

On Tuesday, Microsoft began releasing the Windows 10 November 2021 Update, also known as Windows 10, version 21H2.

“We continue to hear customer feedback to customize Windows to meet your needs as part of our ongoing support for Windows 10, and to focus on productivity, management and security by November 2021.” Updates have been implemented,” said John Cable, vice president of program management for Windows Servicing and Distribution, a . written in blog post,

The update includes stronger protection to prevent attacks when using Wi-Fi networks. The upgraded Universal Print feature in Windows 10 Enterprise will be able to handle print jobs up to one gigabyte. And customers will now be able to use Azure Virtual Desktop Service to provision apps in cloud-based Windows 10.

Users can check whether an update is available by opening the Settings app, navigating to Update & Security, selecting Windows Update, and pressing the Check for Updates button. A Download and Install button will appear if the PC is ready for the update.

Windows 11 release is also moving faster than Microsoft expected. Cable added in the post that the company is “now making the Windows 11 upgrade more widely available to eligible Windows 10 devices.”

SEE ALSO: How Microsoft Is Creating A New ‘Cloud PC Category’ With Windows 365


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