It appears the new Threshold 2 update for Windows 10, according to Forbes, could be problematic for some and rather positive for other users. For some users, this update offered a “renewed faith.” For others, not so much.
In fact, some users may consider doing away with the operating system altogether. Forbes mentions some pretty nasty issues. One is called the 44 percent bug. Basically, some users report that upon upgrading to Threshold 2, the status bar gets stuck at 44 percent, and it has also been found that if an SD card is in a drive, this is where the Windows 10 update gets stuck.
The next issue is the fact that the update uninstalls a good amount of programs during its upgrade process. The list of programs is quite lengthy.
Finally, the third issue is the forced delays depending on when Windows 10 was upgraded on your system.
“If it’s been less than 31 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, you won’t get the November update right away; this will allow you to go back to your previous version of Windows if you choose. After the 31 days have passed, your PC will automatically download the November update.”
This brings Windows 10 to version 1151, and with that comes the ability for a user to take control of how the updates and upgrades are received. In fact, there’s a choice not to delay these updates for up to eight months. Keep in mind that there’s a difference between “updates” and “upgrades,” and the menu system allows for users to differentiate between the two and select the time frame in which to receive the data.
The notice on the menu screen, indicated for those who choose not to do anything, will continue to receive security updates on an as-needed basis, a typical routine already performed by the operating system.
Features that come with the Windows 10 Threshold 2 on Nov. 12 is a “find my device” feature, support from Cortana that helps with texting, Microsoft Edge multiple-device sync support, and increased cumulative performance overall, according to Tech Times.
For those who may wind up losing their laptops or other portable devices, the “find my device” function is nice for this situation. It helps locate the stolen or lost item and is able to be tracked via GPS through using the Windows 10 Microsoft Account. Through this, one can log into another available device to track the misplaced laptop or mobile device.
All a user needs to do is simply go into Settings > Update and Security > Find my device.
Now, for those who are interested in another fascinating function involving traveling through time zones, Windows 10 offers the ability for notebooks to take on certain features of smart phones. When crossing time zones, the computer switches in correspondence.
One may have to navigate further into the settings via Settings > Time and Language > Set time zone automatically. To note, this is already set to default after the install of the Windows 10 update.
Also, Uber integration with Cortana can now allow for a user to notify an Uber driver. Softpedia reports the details of this process, and in order for this to be accomplished, Cortana needs to have access to data like schedules, location, and reminder notices. When that’s in place, zero interaction will be required to achieve success. Such is the feature of Windows 10 Threshold 2.
“By integrating with Uber, Cortana will not only recommend a Uber for you at the exact time you need it based on your schedule but will also order it for you. For example, let’s say you’ve purchased a movie ticket online and received an email confirmation.”
Further explanation by Softpedia describes the details from a reminder made to go see a movie just prior to the film start. A specific play-by-play is given:
“Cortana has this information and will display a reminder to you prior to the movie start time. Along with that reminder, Cortana will also give you the option to get a ride with Uber. If you choose Uber, Cortana will automatically fill in the pick-up and drop-off details and request you a ride. You have the option of editing the pick-up and drop-off location. Finally, track the location of your Uber, all from within Cortana.”
Keep in mind, Windows 10 is 30 percent faster than its Windows 7 predecessor, and according to the REM, other features include Cortana’s ability to receive a user’s “scribble” and put it into Cortana Notebook as a message. It also can remember more static details such as name, address, and email information.
There is also the Windows 10 Edge, which is a newer browser with improved security that includes a type of tabbed browsing that allows for a user to see the page with a “mouse over” before moving forward. All this can be done without leaving the current page.
That being said, there seems to be much use for Windows 10, Cortana, and the Threshold 2 system. Will you be taking advantage of all the features the operating system has to offer?
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