Microsoft has started rolling out the expected May 10, 2021 Windows update that was announced earlier this year. Starting May 18, select people will be able to download the files they need and update Windows 10 to the latest version – 21H1.
However, Microsoft has announced that it will take a different approach to releasing the new update this time around, and not all users will be able to download it right away. The company also shared an update on the status of Windows 10X, which is officially dead.
The Windows 10 update from May 2021 is initially only available for devices that are currently running Windows 10 version 2004 or higher. Microsoft promises the whole process will go smoothly, and the gradual rollout definitely plays a role.
In a blog post, Microsoft stated, "We are throttling availability in the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience for everyone, so you may not be offered the update right away."
In addition to throttling the distribution of the update and restricting it to certain users, Microsoft has also installed protection for certain devices. This will protect these devices from downloading the update if there might be a compatibility issue. In these cases, the new May 2021 update will not be available until these issues have been resolved.
For those wondering if the new update will bring any major changes, the news could be a little disappointing. Microsoft has changed its previous strategy and is now planning to release major updates towards the end of the year. Version 21H1 mainly focuses on improving security measures. It also includes updates for remote access and multi-camera support for Windows Hello.
If you want to check whether your device can download the new update, simply enter "Windows Update" in the search bar and select "Check for updates". If you can download version 21H1 of Windows 10, the update will be displayed and available for download.
The company also talked about Windows 10X, confirming rumors that it isn't likely. Instead of releasing a new product under the name Windows 10X, Microsoft is now planning to integrate some of the planned functions into existing software. The changes mentioned include improving the voice typing experience and modernizing the touch keyboard.
Microsoft stated that it could take a full day for the May 2021 update to be available to all users who were originally supposed to receive it. We assume that more and more devices will be marked for downloading the update in the coming weeks. Hence, it pays to check regularly that you are interested in the latest version of Windows 10.