Monday, November 16, 2015

First Biggest Update Windows 10 (Threshold 2) available for PC and Tablets

The first major update to Windows 10 is now available for PCs and tablets. With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands of partners updating their device drivers and applications for great Windows 10 compatibility. Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today and select mobile phones soon.

Microsoft has bundled a slew of new functionality and stability tweaks into its new update
Microsoft claims its Threshold 2 update brings 30% performance boosts over Windows 7 machines running on the same hardware.

Cortana :

You can use your devices 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 you set reminders. Cortana can also now keep track of your event and movie bookings too, sending you helpful reminders to know where to go and get there on time, plus the option to book and track an Uber. Were excited to make Cortana available in Japan, Australia, Canada and India (in English) with features and experiences customized for each market.

And much more with improvements to Mail, Calendar, Photos, Groove, Xbox, Store, OneNote, Solitaire, and more!

New Skype Apps :

Threshold 2 installs Messaging, Phone and Skype Video apps by default which may frustrate non-Skype users, but these are actually useful lightweight apps. Again they are hidden by default (as early releases I suspect Microsoft is keeping them out of sight for the mass market) but can be found in the app list or by using Cortana. Theyre worth a try.

Upgraded Edge Syncing :

Microsoft Edge offers improved performance and security, along with tab preview, which allows you to hover over your open tabs and get a preview of whats on those websites without leaving the page youre on. Microsoft Edge now syncs your Favorites and Reading list items across devices so you can easily get back to the content youre interested in most.

Bigger Start Menu :

The Start Menu returned in Windows 10, but with Threshold 2 it is more flexible. Users can now add a fourth column of medium-sized tiles by going to: Settings > Personalization > Start > Show more tiles.

Find My Device :

Surprisingly Microsoft has chosen not to highlight one of the best features of Threshold 2: Find my device. Much like all the major OSes, you can now see your PCs last known location but it needs to be enabled by default: Settings > Update & Security > Find My Device

Automatic Time Zone Support :

Windows has long handled seasonal time changes automatically, but bizarrely it hasnt offered to ever switch time zone automatically until now. Go to Settings > Time & Language > Set Time Zone Automatically.


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