If you’ve been following Microsoft’s typical release schedule, the company releases major updates twice a year for its Windows 10 operating system. The first significant update usually arrives in June, followed by a major update rollout in fall. That said, it appears the software giant has different plans for this year.

Microsoft has officially now announced it will release the Windows 10 21H1 update “later in the first half of this calendar year.” And unlike other H1 updates released by Microsoft, Windows 10 version 21H1 will be quite a small update and will install very quickly. It’ll be in the form of a typical cumulative update that’s not supposed to bring significant changes. Instead, this update would focus on under the hood improvements to refine the experience with Windows 10 operating system, as opposed to bringing new features.

“Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality. The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now. So, we optimized this release to support our customers’ most pressing needs,” said John Cable (head of Windows Servicing and Delivery) in an official blog post.

He further added that unlike other H1 updates that Microsoft has released, ‘this update will install very quickly – almost like a monthly security update.’

The Windows 10 21H1 Build is now available for Windows Insiders in the beta channel, while a broader availability will likely begin later in the first half of this calendar year. Now, this comes as a surprise as Microsoft usually releases one major update in the first half of the calendar year.

That said, multiple sources also indicate that Microsoft has some big plans for Windows 10 in 2021. The company is reportedly working on a massive update for Windows 10, which is supposed to completely transform the Windows 10 experience with new features and a complete overhaul of the interface. Microsoft is expected to release a new big update ( referred to as Windows 10 21H2 update) this fall.