When Windows 10 was first launched in 2015, because Microsoft once boasted that it was the last version of Windows, we did not know what the next version of Windows would be called for a long time. On June 24, Microsoft officially announced that Windows 11 is the next generation of Windows, and the new operating system will begin to be rolled out to some users later this year.
After the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been carrying out feature updates twice a year in accordance with the spring/autumn schedule, and the development of the operating system has also been consistent with the evolution of Azure cloud services. After years of development as a service, Windows will now replace Windows 10 in the form of Windows 11 later this year.
With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft will shift to the rhythm of annual feature updates, which means that only one feature update will be released a year, which has changed the current two-year schedule (for Windows 10, it is semi-annual, and the quality of the first half of the year is polished. Add new functions in half a year). According to Microsoft officials, the first major update will be released in the second half of next year.
Microsoft supports the new version of Windows 11 for 24 months (consumer version), but there will be 36 months of support for the enterprise and education versions. Like Windows 10, Windows 11 will continue to receive monthly cumulative updates, the so-called “Patch Tuesday” or “B” version.
For those interested and enthusiastic users, Microsoft will also release optional cumulative updates for Windows 11. These optional updates will first be provided to testers in the release preview channel of the Windows Insider program.
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Windows updates will continue to be delivered like Windows 10 today, but Microsoft says these cumulative updates will “shrink by 40%.” Microsoft said that it is committed to “investing in Windows 11,” and users can expect a faster update process, a reliable and efficient experience. In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft is also experimenting with a new feature that will tell users how long the device is expected to restart and install updates.
This new feature will apply to all Windows updates; .NET Framework, Patch Tuesday, and optional updates. Obviously, it will not be displayed for updates that do not need to restart the system. Microsoft’s estimated time for Windows Update will appear in the start menu and settings interface, and the installation time will be based on hardware such as processors, memory, and storage.
In the current preview version, Windows incorrectly reported an estimated time of about five minutes, which made it less useful for reference, but this feature is currently being improved, and it will eventually become better.
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