Well, the first significant update is here, alternatively known as November update or its codename, Threshold 2. A lot of what’s in the update comes under the category of fixes and performance improvements, but there are quite a few palpable feature updates. Below, we explain the biggest changes rolling out today, but for a deeper dive, read our full review of Windows 10.
1. More tiles and other interface niceties
You can now increase the Start menu’s tile sections to four, medium-square tiles across. Window title bars, meanwhile, are also now in color along the top when they have the focus rather than the flat white appearance in the original Windows 10 release. The resizing icons have also been updated to show you how they’ll look in context of other tiles.
2. A better Edge Web Browser
Many of the Fall Update features come inside Edge, Windows 10’s new Web browser. Among new capabilities are syncing for Favorites and Reading List items, a nifty tab preview, more standards support, and the ability to wirelessly cast media to a display, set-top box, or HDTV that supports Miracast. For example, you can send a network Web broadcast to a Roku box to see it on the big screen.
3. Cortana Improvements
Windows PC users who don’t want to sign into a Microsoft account can now enjoy Cortana’s helpful and sometimes sassy answers. She can also now make Uber reservations, and recognize dates, times, and addresses from penned input. Finally, you can invoke the personal digital assistant from within a PDF page in the Edge Web browser.
4. New Skype Apps
Not only are there three new apps that take advantage of Skype’s communication prowess—Messaging, Phone, and Skype video—but Skype is better integrated with the operating system, too. For example, you can now answer a call or reply to a Skype message directly from an Action Center notification. It may seem odd to include a Phone app in a desktop OS, but since Skype can call regular phones and mobile, it makes some sense.
5. Easier Activation
With this update, activating an existing Windows license gets easier. With the original launch of Windows 10, you could only go through the update process on a PC with a valid Windows 10 license, but now you can simply enter a Windows 7 or 8.x license key to do a clean installation if you’d rather not upgrade. If you don’t have your license key, you can still simply upgrade a valid machine.
Written By – Michael Muchmore