First Major Windows 10 Update Imminent

John Lister's picture

The first major update to Windows 10 is expected to reach the general public in the next week or so. It will bring together a range of fixes and features that have already been tested by some users.

The update has got several names. It appears it will consist of all the changes up to a "build number" of 10586, known internally at Microsoft as Threshold 2. However, for marketing to the general public, Microsoft may simply refer to it as the Fall update. (Source:

First Major Windows 10 Changes For Most Users

This should be the first major change that the average user who isn't signed up to any advance testing program sees to Windows 10. It marks the first in what's planned to be a more frequent series of updates to the system, replacing the idea of having Service Packs, and even new editions of Windows.

At the moment all that's known is that Microsoft has "signed" the update, meaning it has confirmed and checked the details and set it ready for distribution. Exactly when it will appear isn't certain, though one theory is that it will go out next Tuesday, the same day that monthly updates for Windows 7 and 8 are released.

However, a counter-argument says Microsoft may instead roll it out gradually, both to reduce stress on its servers and to limit the reach of any glitches that come to light.

Skype and Edge Both Get Improvements

The way Microsoft runs its updates now (with an advance testing program among more tech-savvy willing guinea pigs), means there shouldn't be any compatibility surprises in the update. Assuming the update is indeed build 10586, the main changes will be improvements to Skype (including a new app for text-based messaging), improvements to the Edge browser, and a few visual tweaks including changes to some of the icons which didn't get a great reception among users. (Source:

The update is likely to take a little longer to install than the average Windows Update, but the idea is that it will all work in the background and not distract the user.

What's Your Opinion?

Are you excited about the updates? Is it reassuring that "Insider" program members have already been testing the updates in a real world situation? Would you prefer Microsoft hold off and do less frequent, but more significant updates as happened with Service Packs?

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Dennis Faas's picture

I'd really like to see better video card support for older video cards, especially for my Radeon 4250 which for some reason won't show 1920x1080, nor will it display properly in 1280x720 (I had to use a registry hack to do so). I'd also like to see the remote desktop protocol (RDP) fixed so that the initial connections / handshaking runs a lot faster than what it is. For whatever reason it seems to take a very long time to initiate a connection and sometimes it just hangs.

sciano's picture

I wish they would bring back windows media player. The new Groove player is a waste - it is so stripped down you can not even do a simple edit in it. Right now I'm looking for a new player that will let me edit the album info, and display things the way I want, not helter skelter like groove.

noddie.walker_1991's picture

I recommend "Media Monkey" as an alternative media player for music as you can do so much with it.

Upgrade to the gold version licence and open up even more useful features.

I have been using it for years and never use anything else for my music collection.

spiras's picture

Microsoft Edge –

1. Favorites: I’d like to see a hierarchal folder structure like in IE, with the ability to move bookmarks and subfolders around using the keyboard. And also to have favorites stored in a convenient place in Windows as it was in IE.

2. Accelerators: I really miss this so handy feature in IE which saves so much time and effort when browsing. I understand that this feature could be added on as an add-on developed by a third party, but so far am not aware of any such initiative.