The Reason Behind Windows 10 Annual Update


  • Microsoft announced that it’s planning to push down Windows 10 feature updates annually, which will match it with the update rate for Windows 11.
  • This year’s Windows 10 update was released today, with the next one set for the second half of 2022.
  • And back in April, it was announced that DirectX 12 would not be tied to Windows 10 updates but instead be made available to every version of the OS.
  • But the fact remains that many of those devices aren’t actually able to make the switch thanks to fairly strict requirements.

Microsoft has stated that it will release Windows 10 feature updates once a year, matching the update cadence for Windows 11 as reported by Techradar.

Windows 10 update

The Windows 10 update for this year was delivered today, and the next one is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

According to Microsoft’s head of Windows service and delivery, John Cable, “we will migrate to a new Windows 10 release cadence to match with the Windows 11 cadence, aiming annual feature update releases.”

The substance of the 2022 update has yet to be released, however, Microsoft has stated that at least one version of the OS will be supported until October 14th, 2025.

Windows 10 support

While Microsoft continues to maintain Windows 10, it appears that Windows 11 is being rolled out at a quick pace.

This may appear to be at odds at first, but when you consider how long it takes people to adapt to a new operating system, the decision makes sense.

The revamped Microsoft Store arrived in Windows 10 earlier this month via the Insider Program — the same one that debuted with Windows 11 — as the November 2021 update came out to the rest of the world.

In April, Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 would no longer be limited to Windows 10 updates, but would instead be made available to all versions of the operating system.

However, many of those devices are unable to make the conversion due to stringent criteria.

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Source: Techradar


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