Windows 10 Gets Polish

The first major update to Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system, was released last week. The new set of features, tagged November Update by Microsoft and code named Threshold 2, includes a number of updates to Cortana, Microsoft’s Edge browser, and other Windows 10 interface elements.

The update also includes support for the Windows 10 Store for Business and most of the management pieces required by business users who want to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows Update for Business. Build 10586, the update’s designated name, is considered a test build for PCs and tablets, and was released to Windows Insider testers last week. I have been using this for about a week and this major update really does put the finishing touches on Windows 10, except perhaps with their new browser, Edge which still needs some work, like extensions.

The update was made available to existing Windows 10 users as a Cumulative Update via Windows Update today as well as to Windows 7 and 8.1 customers who have not yet upgraded to Windows 10.

Some new features that will especially interest business users include tab previews in Edge and inking in Cortana, the new Business Store and more elements in Windows Update for Business. The latter feature allows IT admins to set internal rings for their users, enabling them to automatically set timetables for when those users will get new feature updates. Also included in today’s update is mobile device management for Windows 10 devices, apps and data, including integration with System Center Configuration Manager and WSUS (Windows Server Update Services).

Future Enhancements Planned

Microsoft has reported that it is working to get Windows Insiders a preview of its enterprise data protection technology before the end of the year, but that feature will not be generally available to all Windows 10 users until next year. The data loss prevention technology for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education users had been promised earlier. Since I am a “Windows Insider” I will keep you posed on this one.

Microsoft has been updating and refreshing Windows 10 periodically with security patches and fixes since late July. The company said it plans to send out bundles of new Windows 10 features at a rate of about every four to six months.

For now, the same Windows 10 core is running on numerous devices, including PCs, tablets, the Xbox One gaming system and various Internet of Things devices. The next month or so is anticipated as the release date for Windows 10 Mobile, the version for Windows Phones and small ARM-based and Intel-based tablets.

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