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First major Windows 10 update available for PCs and tablets

Microsoft has rolled out the first significant update for Windows 10 since its arrival this summer.

The November update is available to all PC and tablet owners already running the software, via the Windows Update portion of the operating system.

It brings performance improvements for every day tasks including a boot time now 30 per cent faster than Windows 7 on the same device.

There’s also boosts for Cortana, allowing those devices with styluses and pens to write a note in Cortana Notebook and have email addresses, phone numbers and physical addresses recognised. Cortana will then help turn the text into reminders if necessary.

You’ll also be able to use Cortana to book Uber cabs and keep track of event/movie bookings made through various portals.

The Microsoft Edge browser has also been improved with a new tab preview mode, which allows users to hover over open tabs and see what’s lurking without having to leave the current page. Edge now syncs Favourites and Reading List items across multiple devices too.

Microsoft says there’s also little improvements for the Mail, Calendar, Photos, Groove, Xbox, Store, OneNote and Solitaire among others.

See also: 9 Windows 10 features you should try first

In a post on the Windows blog, Terry Myerson said Windows 10 had now reached “the point in the platform’s maturity where we can confidently recommend deployment to whole organisations.”

The November update comes on the same day Microsoft began rolling the Windows 10 update out to Xbox One owners, bringing a brand new, re-imagined dashboard and the long-awaited Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.

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