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Microsoft releases its Windows 10 November 2021 update


Microsoft today announced the general availability of Windows 10 November 2021, also known as version 21H2, which includes new security, management, and virtualization features.

Microsoft reiterated that Windows 10 will continue to receive support until October 2025 and said the Windows 10 release cadence will join Windows 11 in returning to just one feature update a year from here on out.

The company also posted an online comparison of the features between the latest version of Windows 10 21H2 and Windows 11.

The catalyst for the change to Windows 10 is its successor, Windows 11, which debuted Oct. 5. Windows 11, which will have its own tweaked servicing model — one feature upgrade annually with 36 months of support due to those running the Enterprise or Education SKUs — will replace the older Windows 10 as the repository of the new.

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Beginning with security, Windows 10 21H2 sees changes to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) VPN APIs, which includes the ability to implement common web-based authentication schemes and to reuse existing protocols.

Version 21H2 also supports Wi-Fi 6 with Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 Hash-to-Element protocol (WPA3 H2E) to provide better protection from Wi-Fi side-channel attacks that could steal Wi-Fi passwords and other sensitive information.

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