Windows 10 will no longer receive semi-annual feature updates. This has been confirmed by Microsoft’s John Cable (Vice President, Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery), who noted in a blog post regarding today’s release of the Windows 10 November 2021 Update that the older OS will only receive annual feature updates going forward. Feature updates for Windows 10 will no longer be released in the spring.
We will transition to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, targeting annual feature update releases. We are now renaming the servicing option for releases to the General Availability Channel starting with the November 2021 Update (Note: this replaces the previous “Semi-Annual Channel” term for the servicing option). The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second half of 2022.
We will continue to support at least one version of Windows 10 through Oct. 14, 2025. As a second half (H2) of the calendar year release, Home and Pro editions of the November 2021 Update will receive 18 months of servicing and support, and Enterprise and Education editions will receive 30 months of servicing and support beginning today.
Windows 10’s November 2021 Update introduces the following changes:
- Adding WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security
- Windows Hello for Business supports simplified passwordless deployment models for achieving a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes
- GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows