With less than a week to go until the speculated November 10 release day for Windows 10 (codename) Threshold 2, Microsoft has released build 10586 to participants in the Windows Insider Program. I updated my Dell Venue 8 Pro and noticed that there isn’t a build number displayed in the lower right corner of the desktop as there was for previous preview builds. It looks like build 10586 may be released as what will be officially called the Windows 10 Fall Update. This will be the first major update since Windows 10 launched on July 29.
If you haven’t been following Microsoft’s Windows Experience Blog, here’s a summary of what it has announced as notable changes or new features since build 10547 on September 18:
- Maximum Start menu columns up from 3 to 4;
- Maximum Start menu tiles increased from 512 to 2048;
- In Task View, apps can be snapped to left and right, can replace a previously snapped app with another, and you can swipe down to close an app;
- Many Windows Store apps updated, including Photos, Xbox, Groove Music, Mail, Calendar, and Maps;
- Text Input Panel improvements, including not having it automatically open when in Desktop mode (versus Tablet mode).
- Skype messaging, calling, and video capabilities added through the Messaging, Phone, and Skype Video universal Windows apps;
- The Edge browser gained a tab preview mode that displays a preview of the web page when hovering over the tab;
- The Edge browser could synchronize Favorites and Reading Lists;
- Cortana could interpret inked notes and then set reminders based on locations, times, and numbers from digital annotations;
- Title bars could be set to more vibrant colors;
- Device Activation began accepting activation keys from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.
- Microsoft Edge browser can cast video, picture, and audio content to any Miracast- or DLNA-enabled device on your network;
- Cortana gained the ability to search for information from text selected in a PDF document;
- The Xbox beta app could find and add Facebook friends on Xbox Live to play games, chat, and share clips;
- The Xbox beta app also gained the ability record voiceovers using the Game DVR.
This latest build release does not add any new features. However, it provides fixes to a number of annoying issues:
- Surface Pro 3 owners can use the Power button to sleep the PC instead of shutting it down;
- The random flashing of a disksnapshot.exe command prompt was fixed. I saw this for the last time during the upgrade to build 10586!
- Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size should no longer experience a blue screen on upgrade. I’m one of the Windows Insiders who uses a Dell Venue 8 Pro as my text PC, so this one is much appreciated;
- Apps and games should download from the Store more reliably. This remains to be seen. I did not see any Windows Store App updates available immediately after upgrading.
The only oddity I’ve noticed in the short time I’ve have to test build 10586 is that after switching from Tablet mode to Desktop mode and then back again, all the Start Menu tiles that had a blue background changed to a light gray background. However, that doesn’t seem like a showstopper bug, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this build released shortly as the Fall Update.