Microsoft has launched the fall update for Windows 10 just as promised and it seems the update attempts to fix most of the issues riddling the operating system, although these changes were pushed incrementally for the Insiders from quite some time now. Windows 10 has ushered in a completely new approach to update system and the fall update/Threshold 2 is one of the biggest patch the OS received till date.
From the changelogs, it is but evident that the update is more focused on polishing the current features and bake in the pending business features which were announced at the time of the launch. Microsoft likes to call the update 1511 but will actually show the version as 10586 once installed on the computer. Another catch is that if you have updated to Windows 10 in the last 31 days you are not entitled to get the 10586 as of now, the reason being that Microsoft wants you to upgrade incrementally so that you can roll back the changes.
Coming back to the update, it has addressed some common qualms in Windows 10, such as solving the right click context menu issue. Right clicking anywhere in the system would pull a different context menu and although this was not such a big issue it sure did need some attention. Microsoft has now introduced a unified context menu across all locations adding a new level of consistency to the user interface.
I for instance have never been a big fan of Microsoft Edge Browser, after using it for a week or so I found it to be impoverished. The folks at Redmond however have spared some efforts to tweak the browser and add in some new features. It has introduced right click on a file and “save as” feature which is actually an ancient feature that the Edge Browser was devoid of. The Edge browser is supposedly more stable; however, we would need to spend some time with it to realize the same.
This one is my favorite, Skype is being offered as a standalone Windows Apps for text, video and phone, which means the app is redesigned to act as a one stop shop for all your communication needs, just like how it Apple has done it with iMessage and FaceTime. That being said if you need the ancient version of the Skype you can still have it.
Microsoft has been trying to bring in a slew of changes tailored to suit the tablet and the Ultrabook outlays, especially the ones using 3:2 aspect ratio. This will help fix the issue of wasted width on the screen and maybe let you add another tile to a column, the Start menu in general has also been reworked allowing it to add more tiles.
As evident as it is the changes are small yet needed, the Business users however will have a lot more to look forward to with this update. Windows update for Business will let you control and manage within the company and Windows Store for Business, which was introduced recently will start getting more apps to simplify the enterprise solution.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) will be extended to the entire Windows 10 devices and companies can now use the Azure Active Directory letting business users manage domains and diversify the operations.
Microsoft will soon be rolling out the Enterprise Data Protection to safeguard corporate data and segregate it from the consumer data. This update will also bring the Windows Hello biometrics system for machines with supported hardware.
Windows 10 Threshold 2 seems to be more than a patch or a service pack as it is not only big in size but also brings about a number of changes to the Windows core, this reminds me of the fact that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows, and maybe this update could have been an entire new operating system channelized to your systems through OTA updates, neat indeed.