What features are in the new Windows 10 update?

Alex Kidman 13 November 2015


Microsoft has released its first major Windows 10 update since launch. Here are the new features on offer.

Any operating system update, whether it's Windows, Mac OS, iOS or Android will feature a host of bug fixes that you really can't see when you run the update, although you might notice some stability improvements.

What today's Windows 10 update does present are a number of genuinely new features for both consumer and business Windows 10 customers to enjoy. Here's what's you get when you update:

  • Cortana gets an AI upgrade: Windows 10's built in voice assistant has learned a few new tricks, including the ability to discern handwritten notes, track movie times (in the US only for now) and officially understand Australian English. It's also now available if you haven't signed in with a Microsoft account, so local accounts can now chat to their PCs.
  • Edge browser improvements: Microsoft's browser replacement for Internet Explorer now provides previews of existing tabs simply by hovering your mouse over them. DLNA and Miracast devices can now have video content cast to them from Edge tabs, and if you've got multiple Windows 10 systems, your favourites and reading tabs will synchronise across them.
  • Improved photos app: The photos app has been updated with the ability to manually create albums and support for animated GIFs.
  • Built in Skype: The update adds not one, but three Skype apps to the Windows 10 experience, covering voice, video and messaging separately, although you're also still free to use the regular all-in-one Skype app.
  • Find lost or stolen laptops: Find My Device allows you to track a misplaced or stolen computer once you've activated it. You'll find it under Settings > Update & Security > Find My Device.
  • Start Menu customisations: You can now switch off the suggested applications in the Start Menu if they annoy you under Settings>Personalisation>Start. The Start menu itself can be stretched to four tiles wide if you prefer a more Windows 8 look, and up to a staggering 2048 tiles can be supported in the Start menu itself.
  •  Where previously you would have had to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on a PC to then qualify to upgrade to Windows 10, you should now be able to simply use your existing key on a fresh installation, which is considerably simpler.

How do I get the new Windows 10 update?

To initiate the new update, head to Settings>Update & Security, where the new update should be offered to you if you're already running Windows 10.

As with other updates, Microsoft appears to be rolling out the update in a staggered fashion, so it may take some time to appear for your PC.

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