Microsoft seems to have finally decided when to release the next big update for Windows 10. According to a new report from Windows Central, sources familiar to the development say that Microsoft could be targeting November 12th, as the release date for the Windows 10 “Threshold 2” update for PC and Windows 10 Mobile.
No surprising, the new release date also coincides with the roll out of the New Xbox One Experience running Windows 10, which the company has already confirmed will launch on November 12th.
In addition, there is a new report today from WinBeta that reveals that Microsoft has also signed off Windows 10 build 10586 as the official release version of “Threshold 2”.
Of course, “Threshold 2” is only the internal name of the development, the update will be officially known as “Windows 10 Fall Update”, and the update will be named “Windows 10 November 2015”.
While the company is planning to roll out to everyone the “Windows 10 Fall Update” on November 12th, it’s also likely that Insiders will be the first to get Windows 10 build 10586 sometime this week.
The version identifier of the new update will be “1511” — where 15 refers to the year release (2015) and 11 refers the month (November)–. As such, after installing the update, going to Settings > About, the version should read 1511.
The “Fall Update” will also roll out through Windows Update as a cumulative update, as such there won’t be a full installation of the operating system like Insiders have to do every time there is a new build.
The update will incorporate a number of features and changes, such as tweaks in the user interface, Cortana improvements, new Messaging apps powered by Skype, changes in the Start menu, Microsoft Edge improvements, and a lot more.
Also, the Windows 10 Fall Update will bring the activation process that allows users to activate Windows 10 using a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, product key without having to go through the upgrade process before users can make a clean installation of the operating system.
Finally, the update will include a small change in the Reset This PC feature to allow to restore your PC to the Windows 10 Fall Update (build 10586) in the case you need to reset your computer to the factory defaults, and not to build 10240 — the July 29th version. Keep in mind that if you have upgraded from Windows 8.1, your manufacturer configurations will be deleted, but this won’t happen on new computers running Windows 10.
Previously, I have heard of two different dates, November 2nd and November 10th, but both end up being inaccurate, perhaps the third time’s the charm. However, we always knew the plans to roll out the new update was within the first weeks of November.