Windows 10 receives its first big update starting 12 November
Today Microsoft has commenced the rollout for the first big update ever to hit Windows 10. The latest version of the OS brings with it a few new features alongside the usual a$$ortment of bug fixes and performance enhancements.
First off, you can use your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 product key to activate Windows 10. Previously, you needed to install the older version first, then update to Windows 10 for free.
The Start Menu can be four tiles wide now, and the total number of tiles it can show grows to 2,048. And a new Suggested Apps feature pops up from time to time recommending stuff for you.
Moving on, colored title bars are now a thing for all your desktop windows if you want them to be. A “find my device” feature is built into the OS itself, negating the need for a third-party locator app.
Cortana can now understand handwritten notes, it tracks tickets for movies from your email, and coupons for the sites you visit using the Edge browser. It syncs messaging and call history with your Windows Phone and notifies you of missed calls on your PC. And when you’re out of the office (or away from home), Cortana can even put your computer to sleep. Finally, the virtual a$$istant now works without needing a Microsoft account tied to the machine.
Microsoft Edge syncs Favorites and Reading list items across devices, while if you hover over one of your open tabs you’ll get a preview of what’s on that website.
With this release, Microsoft thinks Windows 10 is finally ready for enterprise PCs, now being able to “confidently recommend Windows 10 deployment to whole organizations”. Windows 10 is also on its way to Xbox One today, and we’ll see its mobile version on select phones soon.