As folks are discovering NVDA 2021.3 beta 2, I’m delighted to announce the immediate release of Windows App Essentials 21.11 (stable channel). This add-on release includes improvements to Windows 11 support and localization updates. Highlights include:
As always, Windows App Essentials 21.11 can be found through Add-on Updater. Note that Windows App Essentials now require NVDA 2021.2 or later and Windows 10 Version 20H2 (October 2020 update) or later and is compatible with Windows 11.
Speaking of Windows 10 Version 20H2, an important end of support notice: Windows App Essentials will end support for Windows 10 October 2020 Update (Version 20H2/build 19042) in 2022, tentatively by March. This is to keep up with Windows as a Service (WaaS) policy: Windows App Essentials add-on supports a given Windows feature update for a limited time (12 months for Windows 10 feature updates, 18 months for Windows 11 updates). End of support for Version 20H2 will happen in stages:
One more thing: speaking of end of support for Windows 10 feature updates, later in 2022 Windows App Essentials will end support for Windows 10 Version 21H1 (May 2021 Update). In summary, if you haven’t, I strongly urge people to upgrade to at least Windows 10 Version 21H1 (May 2021 Update), or when it is ready for you, November 2021 Update (Version 21H2) as soon as possible. It is up to you as to whether or not you would like to upgrade to Windows 11 on supported systems – Windows App Essentials supports Windows 11.