Windows 10 launched globally this year on 27th July, when it was rolled out to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The new operating system boasted a new browser called Microsoft Edge and nixed some of the least popular elements of the previous operating systems – namely the lack of a start menu.
It was provided free to users of the consumer editions of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 but those failing to upgrade in the first year have been warned that they will be charged up to £100 after 12 months have passed.
Although it was widely considered a success, the launch of Windows 10 did come with some teething problems, and next week Microsoft will seek to address some of those with a major update, which will take place automatically for people running the operating system.
It’s been dubbed Threshold 2 and new features will include a big change in the way that Windows 10 handles activations.
The change will give users who have upgraded to Windows 10 on their PC from a previous version the ability to to reinstall the operating system – in the past people who took advantage of a free upgrade have been unable to perform a clean install of Windows 10 on their machine because Windows 10 would not recognise product keys from the previous versions.
In other news Cortana – Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri virtual personal assistant – will also benefit from lots of new features, in addition to better local integration once Threshold 2 is rolled out worldwide.
Users will also be able to send texts from their desktops – another Apple innovation – and the new browser, Microsoft Edge, will be improved upon. Sadly the inability to run browser extensions, which is one of users’ main gripes, will not be rectified.
The upgrade will also see several visual changes made, which include updated icons and coloured title bars for apps.
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