Following the Fast and Slow ring of updates, Microsoft has announced the availability of the first major update to Windows 10 as the November 2015 update or Version 1511 for consumers.
The Windows maker has chosen the Build 10586 as the November update for PCs, which is already available for Windows Insiders. Meanwhile, the company has also begun rolling out New Xbox One Experience for Xbox One today.
What’s new in Windows 10 Fall Update:
Memory Management and Performance
One of the core changes is more improved Memory Manager. Now Windows 10 compresses pages during intense usage thereby reducing pressure on system memory. Thus, by reducing the amount of memory used per process, Windows 10 can effectively manage more active programs in the main memory.
Windows 10 now boots nearly 30% faster than Windows 7 on the same device.
The new Windows 10 codenamed Threshold 2 includes new features like the option to customize colors for Start, Action Center, Task Bar along with Title bars.
Users can now have 4th column of Live Tiles, and can add up to 2048 tiles. Additionally, the company has tweaked icons and context menus within Start as well as Windows Explorer to make the UI more consistent, but you will find few untouched areas from these changes.
In Tablet Mode, Windows 10 gets some Windows 8.1 treatment adding ability to snap and swap apps in Task View. Now, you can also close apps by swiping down them.
With this free update, Edge browser also addresses some general bug fixes and performance issues. In addition to syncing passwords, bookmarks and Reading List between Windows 10 devices, Microsoft Edge gets preview tabs and the ability to cast media to smart devices.
Although, the extensions support is still missing and now likely to be available with Windows 10’s Redstone update next year.
Cortana receives a substantial update with this release. The personal digital assistant now adds support for Xbox Live, Uber in addition to LinkedIn and Office 365. Cortana also bridges the gap between Windows 10 devices as it manages missed calls, and also allows you to send text messages using Windows phones.
The old singleton Skype app has been replaced with a couple of Skype apps called Messaging and Skype Video.
In addition, the company has also updated all core apps like Mail, Calendar, Photos, Groove, Xbox, Store, OneNote, Solitaire and more.
The Windows 10 Fall Update brings significant improvements to the business world including Windows Update for Business, Windows Store for Business, Mobile Device Management, Azure Active Directory Join and many more security enhancements.
The update will be available through Windows Update same as the July 2015 release of Windows 10. As the rollout will be progressive, so the update may not be available to all users immediately. Hence, you may have to wait for a week or two before you get notified about the today’s update for your PC. However, Microsoft has also published both 32-bit and 64-bit ISOs of Windows 10 Version 1511 in 111 languages, and you can download and upgrade your PC manually.
With the November update, Microsoft has highlighted Satya Nadella’s philosophy behind the development of Windows 10. Windows as a Service (WaaS). It makes the OS flexible, and work-in-progress release to cater today’s needs as well as tomorrow’s challenges.