With Windows 11, Microsoft realized that significant updates every six months are too frequent, so the company switched to annual updates. The company is officially switching to the same update schedule for Windows 10, so you won’t get underwhelming feature updates as often.

“We will transition to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, targeting annual feature update releases,” explains John Cable, Microsoft’s head of Windows servicing and delivery to The Verge. “The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second half of 2022.”

This is good news for Windows 10 users because it means they won’t have to install large updates as frequently, and it means that Microsoft plans to support Windows 10 for the long haul. If you’re not thrilled about updating to Windows 11 and you want to stick with the operating system you know and love, you’ll be happy to know that Windows 10 will stay current.

Microsoft didn’t reveal any information regarding what kind of update we’ll get in the second half of 2022, only saying that it’s coming. Even the already-known November 2021 update is minuscule in terms of new features, so we’re not sure if Microsoft will be looking to reinvent the OS with feature updates in the future.

Obviously, Microsoft wants people to jump to Windows 11, so it wouldn’t make sense for the company to put too many resources into updating Windows 10.  In fact, the company just announced that it’s bringing Windows 11 to even more eligible PCs.

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