The first big update to Windows 10, Threshold 2, was released earlier this week. Threshold 2 brings a number of new tweaks, performance enhancements, and important new features to users. Five of the most important features released with the new update are highlighted below.
- Windows Can Track Down Your Lost PC
Windows 10 now includes a “Find My Device” option under Settings > Update & Security. This means Windows finally includes built in tracking so if you ever lose your laptop, you can track it down via GPS. You can also ask Windows 10 to send your device’s location to Microsoft servers, allowing you to view the last known location if you ever lose it.
- Cortana No Longer Requires A Microsoft Account
Cortana is better than ever before with the release of Threshold 2, especially since users are no longer required to hold a Microsoft account. You can use Cortana if you’re logged into your computer with a local user account and ‘she’ now understands inked notes, can track events, warn you when you miss a phone call, and sync your messaging.
- Skype And Sway Are Integrated
Windows 10’s latest update includes a few new apps – Skype Messaging, Video, and Phone. These apps all use Skype’s service, replacing the big Skype app originally offered for Windows 8. These apps are designed to integrate Skype with Windows 10 although the standard desktop app will still be available. The update also brings us “Sway,” an office-style app designed to share interactive reports, presentations, and more.
- The Start Menu Is More Polished
The Start Menu has been improved during this update as well. You can now have more than 512 apps installed and support up to 2048 “tiles.” The Start Menu is much more consistent than the previous version; a welcome sight for anyone who’s had issues dealing with Windows 10’s odd mix of context menu styles before.
- Edge Gets Some Love Too
Microsoft Edge received a little love during this update as well, featuring support for new HTML5, CSS3, and ECMAScript. Microsoft Edge hasn’t received any browser extensions – yet. Major updates for Edge appear that they are being held for a later date and major new versions of Windows 10.