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Microsoft is starting to roll out a Windows 10 update that focuses on quality

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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp., speaks during the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Viva Tech, a three year old event for startups, gathers global technology leaders and entrepreneurs as The French Establishment unites behind the drive for more technology investments in Paris.

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Microsoft said in a blog post on Tuesday that the latest biannual update for its Windows 10 operating system will be released. It’s not packed with important new features. Rather, it offers PCs some more quality improvements.

The company continues to be more cautious with its Windows business, which generates around 14% of the company’s revenue. According to NetMarketShare data, Windows 10 remains the top desktop operating system with more than 1.3 billion devices with a 59% share in April.

After introducing Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has made numerous updates over the past few years, such as: B. Tools for creating three-dimensional objects, applying photo filters, and setting parts of speech on websites. Two updates were released every year, while Apple’s MacOS and iOS and Google’s Android only received one.

Microsoft slowed down the pace of development in 2019 when it released a normal update in the first half of the year and a performance-focused update followed in the second half. In 2020, when users migrated from Windows 7, the company repeated this strategy. With the release of the Windows update from May 10, 2021, also known as version 21H1, another quality-oriented update is available for the first half of 2021.

Panos Panay, the company’s chief product officer, announced last May – amid the coronavirus pandemic that forced people to work from home and meet with colleagues on their devices – that people were 75% Spending more time per month in Windows 10 than last year. Microsoft also saw unusually rapid revenue growth in Windows licenses for consumer PCs in the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2020. Microsoft isn’t going to get all dedicated Windows users to learn a bunch of other software features this time around.

Here are the changes that are included in version 21H1:

The Windows Defender Application Guard system, which is used to open Office files and view websites securely by running them in secure containers, provides better performance. For example, Microsoft said it fixed an issue that resulted in a container using almost 1 GB of RAM while idling. It addresses an issue that resulted in system administrators ‘updates to Active Directory being slow to roll over to users’ PCs. If a PC has more than one camera that can use Windows Hello to log in securely using facial recognition, Windows will now set the external camera as the default rather than the internal one. The Edge web browser that was originally part of Windows 10 will be removed now that there’s a new version based on the Chromium engine that Microsoft bundled in the Windows 10 update last fall. Support for the original version ended on March 9th. If you hit the start button and search for Edge, you won’t see two different browsers and you accidentally open the old one.

Windows 10 users can check if the update is available for their PCs by opening the Settings app, selecting the Update & Security section, navigating to Windows Update, and clicking the Check for Updates button. It is also possible to download the new version as a disc image and install it on a PC using a USB stick or DVD.

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