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Microsoft shifts Windows 10’s updates from semi-annual cycle to annual update model

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In its latest Blogspot, Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 November 2021 update is finally out and this marks the beginning of a new annual update model for the 6-year-old operating system.

Similar to Windows 11, Windows 10 will now operate on a yearly update model for its feature updates, ditching its traditional semi-annual model. The next major feature update is slated for 2H of 2022 instead of the usual Q2 release dates.

Microsoft has also announced that it will be continuing its support for at least one version or feature update of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, when the operating system is finally slated for retirement.

For this November Update, Windows 10 Home and Pro will be receiving 18 months of support for the November 2021 Update, on the other hand, Windows 10 Enterprise and Education versional, versions will be receiving 30 months of support.

This extended support is a piece of good news for large corporations and businesses who need to test new updates of Windows before the IT office ships it out to all employees. Microsoft’s move to an annual update model means less work for IT support testing the new update before it goes online.

This new change in the update cycle gives much more time for Microsoft and Windows Insiders to test out new feature updates and deliver an OS with fewer bugs to its users. It will also allow the developers to reduce the number of critical bugs and glitches that occur right on release, which has been a common problem with Windows 10 updates in the past.

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