Although there are still a few months until their arrival, Microsoft has already started preparations for the arrival to our Windows 10 systems 21H1. And it is that, contrary to what some rumors indicated during the last months of last year, after the launch of Windows 10 20H2, at least for now Microsoft will maintain, at least in 2021, the six-month cycle (approximately ) between each “major” Windows 10 update.
Quotation marks that older because, yes, both Windows 10 20H2 and predictably Windows 10 21H1 repeat service pack format, widely used by Microsoft in the past with its operating systems, but in recent years had been somewhat banished. 20H2, as we already told you at the time, made few visible changes to the system, focusing above all on its guts.
The model will be repeated in this spring update, Microsoft would be reserving the big changes of Windows 10 for this year for the update 21H2, internally called Sun Valley. For now, in the absence of more news in this regard, the main novelty that Windows 10 21H1 will bring is the TLS support (Transportation Layer Security) 1.3 and DoH (DNS over HTTPS), two important improvements in terms of Internet connectivity, especially in terms of security.
Regarding its size, current data suggest that Windows 10 21H1 will be a small download, especially for those upgrading from 20H2. In this case, and although this data is not definitive, the total volume of the update could not reach 500 megabytes. In systems that have not been updated for a longer time, for example those that did not make the jump to 20H1, the size of the update could grow to more than three gigabytes.
With this update in service pack mode, which follows another with the same format, Microsoft does change what was its trend in recent years, in which the first update of the year (the spring) was the largest of the two, while the autumn one, still bringing new features to the system, did not bring as many changes as its predecessor. Perhaps after the problems of Windows 10 2004, Microsoft wanted to take more time to check that everything works as it should, and thus avoid the problems that you had in this regard last year.
Be that as it may, what is clear is that if we want great news we will have to wait for October, to Sun Valley, which will bring changes to the interface, such as those that we tell you here, and others such as the possible return of the rounded corners, which gave their space to the right angles. However, I think that only for the compatibility with TLS 1.3 and DoH there is already a compelling reason to update to Windows 10 21H1 … allowing a few days to pass, yes, to make sure that there is no problem with the update.
With information from WinCentral