Anyone wanting to get this update before in your automatic updates can download it here
There is only a handful of new features in Windows 10 21H1, including support for multiple Windows Hello-enabled cameras; Windows Defender Application Guard improvements, and improvements in Windows Management Instrumentation via Group Policy. The new Chromium-based Edge browser also is available as part of today’s 21H1 release.
Microsoft has released the next version of Windows 10 called “21H1”, or the May 2021 Update, and it is available to users running Windows 10 2004 or later as an optional update in Windows Update.
The Windows 10 21H1 feature update is a very small release and does not bring too many new features. However, it does come with performance and security enhancements that will improve the operating system’s overall experience, making it worth installing.
Microsoft is first making Windows 10 21H1 available as an optional update to “seekers,” or those who manually perform a check for new updates, running Windows 10 2004 or later. Microsoft will later make it available to further Windows 10 users after being tested with a smaller group at first.
To install the Windows 10 May 2021 feature update, click on the Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security and click on the ‘Check for updates’ button. Windows 10 will perform a quick check and then list the optional ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1, which you can install by clicking on the ‘Download & install now” link.
The new features in Windows 10 21H1
While a new version of Windows 10 is now available, Windows 10 21H1 is not a very exciting release with many new features.
Instead, it is being released more as a service pack that fixes bugs and includes performance improvements for existing features.
All of the new features in Windows 10 21H1 are instead targeted to business users and the remote workforce. These new features are:
- Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
- Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements, including optimizing document opening scenario times.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.