Microsoft’s next major update for Windows 10 PCs will reportedly be rolling out in November. Codenamed Threshold 2, the company is apparently giving the update its final touches, which is expected to hit existing Windows 10 devices early in November. Microsoft calls it the Windows 10 Fall Update, though it gets version 1511 which helps in identifying that it is different from the initial RTM release. The ’15’ here signifies the year 2015 while ’11’ signifies the month of November, i.e. the date of release.
The update essentially includes all fixes and UI changes Microsoft had earlier planned for the RTM build of Windows 10. These changes include improved context menus, an extra Live Tiles column in the Start Menu along with colored title bars for desktop apps. In addition, the forthcoming update will also include the Universal Skype apps for Windows 10 that brings native Skype voice calling and messaging to the OS.
Cortana and the Edge browser are also expected to get several improvements as well. Cortana will be upgraded with the ability to send text messages directly from your Windows 10 PC. Though sadly, the company’s latest Edge browser will not be getting support for extensions as they’ve been delayed until next year. It’ll just be getting a minor bug fixes, with nothing major planned until next year.
There aren’t any perquisites to get the forthcoming Threshold 2 update, as users can upgrade directly from the RTM version of Windows 10 without having to install any other updates. While those who upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1 after the above-mentioned update is made available will be getting the Windows 10 Fall Update. Moreover, it’ll be rolling out, in the same way, previous Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are released, i.e. via the standard Windows Update process.
Meanwhile, the company has also reportedly started working on the first major update for Windows 10 codenamed Redstone. It is deemed to be massive Windows 10 update in terms of scale, something similar to how Windows 8 was upgraded to Windows 8.1. The upcoming update is expected to bring a plethora of improvements and stability fixes for Windows 10. It’ll reportedly be rolling out in two phases, first in June 2016 while the other in October 2016.