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Windows 11, only one feature update each year

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 will evolve over the years. Microsoft is already working on its next feature update. On the other hand, the publication schedule is undergoing changes.

Windows 11 rollout began in early October. The availability of the OS is done step by step with the objective of offering the free update to all eligible PCs by summer 2022. In parallel, the giant is also working on the sequel. Windows 11 is considered Windows 10 as a service. It will therefore evolve through updated features.

So far Microsoft has released two feature updates per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. With now the presence of two “big OS” (Windows 10 and 11) Redmond is adopting a new approach. Instead of two annual updates we’ll be shifting to a slower pace of just one major release in 2022.

Windows 11 and its first feature update

According to a recent report, the publication window has already been activated. Microsoft wants to release its very first Windows 11 feature update next October. In the meantime, the firm will continue to improve and refine its operating system. This maintenance will be ensured by the publication of cumulative updates each month.

On this subject the firm explained that this new calendar will also apply to Windows 10. The two operating systems will synchronize with in both cases a single major update during the second half of the year .

The giant specifies

“We will be moving to a new release cadence for Windows 10 to align with that of Windows 11, targeting annual feature updates. […] The next Windows 10 feature update is scheduled for the second half of 2022. We will continue to support at least one version of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. […] the Home and Pro editions of the November 2021 Update come with 18 months of maintenance and support and the Enterprise and Education editions get 30 months of maintenance and support starting today. ”

Microsoft does not give any precise date concerning the first update of the functionalities of Windows 11.

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