Windows 10 was enterprise-focused, and Microsoft isn’t introducing as revolutionary features as it used to be. The biggest updates to “Creators Update and Fall Creators Update” were released in 2018.
In October, Microsoft released the last update of the year called “Windows 10 October 2020 Update”. As you may know, the 20H2 version is based on the 2004 version (May 2020 update).
Microsoft is currently working on an update to Windows 10 21H1, Windows 10X and Windows 10 21H2 “Sun Valley”.
Windows 10 21H1
Windows 10 version 21H1, also known as the “iron update”, was supposed to be the first major update in spring 2021. The plans reportedly changed after Microsoft decided to focus on Windows 10X.
Rumors have suggested that Microsoft could release only one feature update in 2021 to make room for Windows 10X, a modular version of Windows 10.
If the rumor is true, we can see Windows 10X in the first half of 2021, then Windows 10 21H1 / 21H2.
It is also possible that Microsoft simply decides to skip the 21H1 feature update and release one update with significant UI improvements.
In the last week of October, Microsoft released its first trial version from a new branch codenamed “Iron” (Fe), but Microsoft officials are not yet ready to clarify whether a version of Windows 10 21H1 will be available.
Windows 10 21H1 feature updates cannot be completely excluded and this could happen in the first half of 2021. With little or no change, i.e. with a slight or no change, i.e. the In the reverse order in which Windows 10 feature updates are now released.
Windows 10 21H2 “Sun Valley” update
With the Windows 10 21H2 update, Microsoft plans to rebuild the operating system in Action Center, File Explorer, and taskbar.
Microsoft internally described the new user interface as “lively” and aims to improve both desktop and tablet mode.
The release of Windows 10 Sun Valley (also known as Cobalt and 21H2) is currently scheduled for vacation in 2021.
If true, we can make UI improvements in demo versions in the first half of 2021.
It is also expected that the Windows 10 21H2 update will provide the original Fluent Design experience on the desktop.
We also expect rounded corners in application windows, pop-up notifications, context menus, and other important areas of the operating system.
Microsoft has already started moving rounded corners to existing apps like Calculator, Clock, etc.
The Sun Valley update will also improve older components, and Microsoft may remove more Control Panel pages for their modern alternative.