Microsoft’s released its latest operating system, Windows 10, this summer. Now it’s time for an update.
If you are a veteran Windows user, you might want to call this a “Service Pack,” as updates were called in many previous Windows versions. However, Microsoft wants us to be thinking of Windows 10 more as a cloud service, where the idea is that updates are happening on a continual basis. So while initially referred to as “Threshold 2,” Microsoft now is officially referring to this update with the more subdued name of “Windows 10 November update.”
OK, whatever. If you already have Windows 10, then the 3GB Windows 10 update will download and install automatically once your computer senses availability. You can get further specifics about the Windows 10 update at this Windows FAQ page.
So, what’s new?
There are a number of areas that the update addresses, but we want to point out three of what we consider to be most important for our customers:
Bootup speeds will be increased to where they are now on average 30% faster than what occurred in Windows 7. (You may recall that Windows 8 was not an overwhelming success when it debuted in 2012, which led Microsoft to go back to the drawing board, skip Windows 9 altogether, and came out with the robust and user-friendly Windows 10)
The Start menu (which had been left off Windows 8 and now is back — can you say “public outcry?” — in Windows 10) is now larger, allowing for 4 columns of view instead of only 3.
There are a wide range of new features aimed for business installations, allowing corporate IT managers to work on a large scale. For example, they will be able to universally control within their organization how and when devices get updated. (This is VERY significant indeed.)
This November update should only accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 which has already proven to be the fastest adoption of any of the Windows platforms, since Windows 1 was introduced in 1985. Has it really been that long?
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