Microsoft has released the first major update to Windows 10. It’s been three months since Microsoft made its latest OS available for the general users. Previously known by its codename as “Threshold 2” or the “Windows 10 Fall Update”, now the latest Windows 10 update seems to bring some new features and improvements to the fledgling universal OS. The update is now called Windows 10 November Update and comes with the Windows 10 build 10586.
Since July 29, 2015, Microsoft released six Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, all of them made through the Fast ring of updates. Only Windows 10 build 10565 and build 10586 were made available through both, the Fast and Slow ring.
While all the builds brought something new to the operating system, only three builds (10547, 10565, and 10576) packed the most number of changes and improvements. The first two builds (10525 and 10532) only introduced improvements on memory management, desktop, and Microsoft Edge. And with Windows 10 build 10586 (the November update), Microsoft focused mainly on fixing bugs and polishing the operating system to get it ready for the official roll out to the public.
What’s new in Windows 10 November Update Build 10586
Microsoft says that the latest Windows 10 update – which identifies itself as “version 1511, build 10586”, but is referred to in the company’s news release as “the November update” – brings “improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience”, including:
Performance in everyday tasks, such as boot time now nearly 30% faster than Windows 7 on the same device.
With Cortana, users can use their device’s pen to just scribble a note in the Cortana Notebook and Cortana will recognize the phone number, email address, and even physical address to help set reminders. Cortana can also now keep track of event and movie bookings too, sending the users helpful reminders to know where to go and get there on time, plus the option to book and track an Uber. Cortana is now available in Japan, Australia, and Canada and India (in English) with features and customized for each market.
Microsoft Edge offers improved performance and security, along with tab preview, which allows the users to hover over open tabs and get a preview of what’s on those websites without leaving the page the user’s on. Microsoft Edge now can sync Favorites and Reading list items across devices so users can easily get back to the content they’re interested in most. And, Cortana will now notify users of the best coupons from retailers such as Staples, Macys and Best Buy when shopping in Microsoft Edge.
Other improvements in Windows 10 November update
Complementing these enhancements, Microsoft also referred to improvements made to its first-party apps, including Mail, Calendar, Photos, Groove, Xbox, Store, OneNote, and Solitaire, among others through the Windows 10 November Update build 10586.
Today’s release coincides with the launch of the New Xbox One Experience, which is also based on Windows 10, and is available now.
The new version of Windows 10 for PCs is rolling out now via Windows Update. But of course, not everyone wants to upgrade their existing installations, but there’s good news for those who favor installing the new build afresh. You can download the official ISO of Windows 10 November Update.