Yesterday morning, Surface owners will really appreciate. Formerly dubbed “Threshold 2”, this is the first major update for Windows 10 since its release.
I’ll have a more in-depth review later but I wanted to let you know it’s coming. In fact, you might already have it on your drive waiting to install.
Windows 10 Fall Update: Noteworthy Features
While there is a big list of changes included with the Windows 10 Fall Update, many of them are invisible (bug and performance fixes) but some aren’t. I cherry-picked the five that I think will be most appreciated by Surface owners.
- File Storage: Microsoft has reintroduced the option to use a SD card as the default location for storing files. This was present in Windows 8.1 but removed in the initial version of Windows 10. In addition to your files, you can also store the maps used by the Maps app on a SD Card to further save space on the internal drive.
- App Snapping: Microsoft has also reintroduced Windows 8.1 style app snapping. This will make it easier to work with multiple programs when in tablet mode.
- Windows 8 App Closing: Along with App Snapping, you can now close apps while in tablet mode by dragging them to the bottom of the screen, just like in Windows 8.1.
- Updated Built-In Apps: Many of the built-in apps like Mail, Calendar, and Photos are getting updated. Technically, you can get these without the update but now, they’ll come as part of it.
- Skype Texting: Microsoft is including the ability to send SMS text messages as part of the included Skype app.
As I said, there are a lot of changes included with the new fall update but these seemed to be the things most pertinent to Surface owners.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.