The first major update for Windows 10, “Threshold 2” will be released in November

The first major update for Windows 10, which is known as Threshold 2, is expected in November. Threshold 2 is a code name, so its name will be changed by Microsoft once it is released. Threshold 2 is expected to be available via Windows Update.


Existing Windows 10 users will get it as a cumulative update to the installed operating system. Users of Windows 10 RTM will be able to update directly to Threshold 2 thanks to Windows Update.

The most recent public Windows 10 Threshold 2 build is Windows 10 build 10565, which is currently in the testing stage and available for Windows Insiders. In that build, we already saw new information in the "About Windows" dialog aka winver.exe. It says "OS version: 1511". Neowin reports that the number 15 indicates the year, and 11 indicates the month (November).
Windows 10 build 10565 winver

What we can expect in the Threshold 2 update? Here is a brief list of changes:

  1. Activation improvements: Now you are able to use your Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 key to activate Windows 10 directly. You need not upgrade the installed Windows version to Windows 10. All you need is a genuine key of the older release. Type it in Windows 10 and you are done.
  2. Plenty of new icons. Users who already tried previous builds might be familiar with these icons:icons3
  3. Cortana is able to understand your inked notes - setting reminders based on locations, times and numbers that it can understand from your digital annotations.Windows 10 build 10565 Cortana
  4. Updates to the Microsoft Edge browser feature the following changes:
    • The ability to sync Favorites and Reading list items in Microsoft Edge between your devices.
    • Tab previews. All mainstream browsers have this feature, now Edge has it too.
    • Updated interface for the Download manager.
    • Updated interface for Developer Tools, which can be docked now.
  5. Skype messaging, calling and video capabilities are integrated in Windows 10 through new Universal Windows apps - Messaging, Phone and Skype Video respectively.
  6. Return of colored title bars for users of Windows 10 RTM (Build 10240). For those who're part of the Insider program, you can have colored title bars already since Windows 10 build 10547. You can adjust the color by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Colored title bars will appear only if “Show color on Start, Taskbar, Action Center, and Title bars” is enabled. This is how it looks:Windows 10 build 10565 title bar colors
  7. The Start menu got updated context menus with icons:
    new context menus 2
  8. New behavior for printing that makes your default printer the last printer you used. This change helps ensure the best printer is pre-selected in default print dialogs. You can change this behavior to make it work like the previous way Windows handled default printers from Settings > Devices > Printer & Scanners. The ability to set a default printer by network location which was added in Windows 7 has been removed.Windows 10 build 10565 printer
  9. New Lock Screen backgrounds
    Windows 10 build 10558 spotlight lockscreens
  10. Nested virtualization.
  11. Jump lists for Metro/Universal apps.
  12. Ability to locate your device with GPS and Location tracking.
  13. App access to call history and emails can be controlled by the user. More details HERE.
    call history
  14. Improved memory management with data compression.
  15. An updated environment variables editor.
    Windows 10 environment variables edit selected

Besides these changes, we can expect various bugfixes and performance improvements. Microsoft is working hard to fix all glitches users reported via the Insiders program and after the release of the RTM build 10240. Those who decided to move to Windows 10 should definitely like the upcoming release.

6 thoughts on “The first major update for Windows 10, “Threshold 2” will be released in November

  1. Phil

    awesome thanks!

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  2. throkr

    Thank you for this detailed overview; I’m on the 10240 Build at the moment and, yes, I’m waiting for this update.

    Any information about if or when MS will correct the 2 following things :
    – the “floating” explorer Windows (I fixed this with ShellFolderFix)
    – the very, very tiny taskbar icons (in comparison to the previous Windows 8.1) (I fixed that through 7 + Taskbar Tweaker; by the way, thank you for pointing out this nice piece of software)

    Thank you !

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.
      I afraid they will not fix the icon size. For some reason, they reduced the icon size silently and provided no details why they did it.

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      1. throkr

        I see; thank you.

        Reply
  3. ericdockum

    So Cortana will be able to locate the device by gps. whee. I have a PC (obviously without sim card and GPS built in) and Cortana tells me I am located in the next city, and location based info is useless. Other things like weather, Google etc can detect where I am or have the ability to be told. Cortana does not. Fault known since Jan 2015, but is MS “Working Hard” to fix that?. Seems like it remains unfixed in this update?

    Presumably after the update Cortana will tell me my device is in the next city. Glad time was spent on making new icons though, that is the real important thing, isn’t it?

    Seems like a fundamental flaw in a flagship feature.

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  4. Johan

    Is it possible to helpme please. My laptop is connected to internet and is working fine with Chrome. But anything to do with windows 10 eg edge, store, update etc the message is that i am not connected to the internet. Please help

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