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Report: First major Windows 10 update coming early November

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Windows 10 has been available for nearly three months, so it’s no surprise a big update may be on the way.

A new report suggests the new big Windows 10 upgrade, codenamed Threshold 2, will arrive in November.

That’s according to technology analyst Paul Thurrott, who cites a “trusted source” for his early access information.

The claim is also corroborated by a separate report on The Verge, which suggests the update will land in the first week of next month.

The update is alleged to contain “a number of fixes and UI changes” that were originally intended for the final version of Windows 10.

According to the report, these include: “coloured title bars for desktop apps, improved context menus, and an extra column of Live Tiles for the Start menu”.

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Thurrott’s report suggests the official name for the new software version will be “Windows 10 Fall Update”, and will be identified as version 1511.

There’s no prerequisite required for upgrading to the new software; if you’re coming from Windows 7 or 8.1, you’ll move straight to the Fall Update.

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Dead Words

October 22, 2015, 11:31 am

As a Windows Insider I can tell you the changes are good ones. Especially the Cortana improvements and the messaging/phone syncing between PC and mobile. Threshold 2 will be a cumulative update, meaning it won't be a separate build of Windows 10 and will include every update that the Windows Insiders have gotten so far. It's looking good. I can still see lots of room for improvement but for a first major update it's a good start.

Pbryanw

October 22, 2015, 4:56 pm

Not forgetting, with this update, you'll be able to use your Windows 7,8 & 8.1 product keys to activate Windows 10, which should make doing clean installs a lot easier.

Dead Words

October 22, 2015, 8:38 pm

That is also a good change.

Tom Anderson

October 24, 2015, 2:18 am

Yes it is. I'm glad to hear this. Hope it works for everyone. I will have to try it sometime IF i choose to reinstall Windows 10 again.

Dead Words

October 24, 2015, 2:39 am

I'd wait for Threshold 2 to see what delicious improvements are on board (I already know, being an Insider). If that's not enough for you, wait for Redstone in 2016.

Tom Anderson

October 24, 2015, 2:42 am

@Dead Words: yes that sounds awesome! Will do then. Thanks for the thought.

Dead Words

October 24, 2015, 1:22 pm

You're welcome of course. Threshold 2 brings a lot of little design improvements. Updated icons; better, more uniform and complete context menus; more colorful and vibrant title bars; some new dark themes for apps. It also brings improvements to Edge like tab previews and syncing. Improvements to Cortana like being able to keep track of your travels and be able to tell you how traffic is like, when you should leave, even book you an Uber to get you to where you need, etc. There are also some new apps: Skype Video, Messaging, and Phone, which should allow you to take calls and messages from your PC and answer them there (though that functionality isn't quite there yet). You CAN send texts from Cortana and it'll sync with the Cortana on your phone and send a text message (this is only Windows 10 Mobile Build 10572 right now) from your phone. There's a load of other little stuff I'm forgetting too but nothing too major.

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