Microsoft began the expected May 2021 update to Windows 10, announced earlier this year. Starting May 18, certain people will be able to download the necessary files and upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 – 21H1.
However, Microsoft said it will take a different approach to releasing the new update this time, and not all users will be able to get it right away. The company also shared an update on the state of the state Windows 10X, which is officially dead.
Initially, the Windows 10 May 2021 update is only available for devices Windows 10 version 2004 or later. Microsoft promises that the whole process should go smoothly, and the phased deployment will definitely play a part in that.
In a blog post, Microsoft said: “We will reduce availability in the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience for everyone, so an update may not be offered to you right away.”
In addition to restricting the distribution of the update to certain users, Microsoft has also installed security on certain devices. This protects these devices from downloading the update if compatibility issues may occur. In these cases, the new May 2021 update will not be available until these issues are resolved.
For those who are considering bringing a new update with major changes, the news may be a little disappointing. Microsoft has changed its previous strategy and now plans to release it major updates towards the end of the year. Version 21H1 focuses mainly on improving security. It also comes with updates that include remote access, as well as Windows Hello multi-camera support.
To check if your device can download a new update, type “Windows Update” in the search bar and select “Check for Updates.” If you can download version 21H1 of Windows 10, the update will appear and be available for download.
The company also talked about Windows 10X and further confirmed rumors that it is unlikely to happen. Instead of releasing a new product called Windows 10X, Microsoft now plans to integrate some of the planned features into existing software. Some of the changes mentioned include improving the audio typing experience and modernizing the touch keyboard.
Microsoft noted that it may take an entire day for the May 2021 update to be available to all users who were originally scheduled to receive it. We expect more devices to be tagged in the coming weeks to download the update. As such, you should check back regularly if you are interested in getting the latest version of Windows 10.