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Microsoft’s Next Windows 10 Automatic Update 'Threshold 2' Delayed Until November

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Microsoft's first non-patch update for Windows 10 has been pushed back to November. A new report indicates that "Threshold 2" has been delayed from its initial October release date.

As we recently reported, Microsoft has already released several updates to users who have either upgraded to its new Windows 10 operating system or purchased a new device running the OS out of the box. These updates were ostensibly patch updates; that is, they were intended specifically to address issues affecting users of the operating system.

Some of the problems experienced by users were screen flickering and flashing, lagging issues, problems with use of the touchpad, issues accessing and utilizing the start menu and page freezes. Other users were stumped when their systems were unable to upgrade at all and displayed error messages instead. Microsoft's latest updates released days ago addressed these issues and more, also specifically fixing the issue of an unusable toggle to disable automatic updates on Windows Store apps.

In addition to updates specifically designed to fix and address bugs and problems, Microsoft also periodically issues updates, which contain improvements and performance enhancements for the OS that are not problem related. The first of these updates, known internally as "Threshold 2," was expected to be released in October, but now, a new report has revealed it has been pushed back about a month in order for Microsoft to improve it and add additional features.

Windows Insiders have been privy to the Threshold 2 updates for several weeks and have not reported any big changes or additions. Once released, the update is expected to include additional extensions for Microsoft's new Edge browser, a new universal desktop Messaging app and other performance improvements. The update is not considered major, especially compared with Microsoft's next big Windows 10 update, known as "Redstone."

Speaking of names, apparently the "Threshold 2" moniker is currently up in the air, with other possible names for the upcoming update being the less catchy but more descriptive "Windows 10 Update for November" or "Windows 10 November Update." Microsoft may also eschew a specific title for the update altogether and release it, as it has with patch updates so far, as simply another Windows 10 update.

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