Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update is now making its way to devices. The May 2021 Update for Windows 10 focuses on improving remote work scenarios, with changes such as the ability to use multiple Windows Hello cameras on a single machine.
This is especially useful for Surface devices, which owners may want to connect to a monitor with an extra webcam while working from home.
Here are the full new features of the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1):
- Windows Hello multicamera support setting the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
- Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.
Microsoft typically releases a large major update to Windows 10 in the springtime, followed by a smaller one in the fall. The company has reversed that cadence for 2021, so the update, which is expected in October, will be packed with changes.
The next major update will include new system icons, improvements to File Explorer, and even the removal of Windows 95-era icons. As part of a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows,” Microsoft is introducing some even broader visual changes in Windows 10.
The October update will also address the issue with rearranging apps on multiple monitors, introduce the Xbox Auto HDR feature, and improve Bluetooth audio support.
The May 2021 Update is so small that you won’t even notice it installing. Microsoft has been using a special enablement package to keep the features hidden on your Windows 10 PC for the time being, and this update turns them on.
The Windows 10 May 2021 Update will be available on Windows Update, as usual, but if you haven’t seen it yet, that’s because Microsoft is releasing it in waves to ensure there are no compatibility issues.