Sometime soon, Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Fall Update, incrementing the OS to version 1511 and providing users with a number of new and improved features. Here’s what you can expect from this release.
First, you may recall that I previously revealed the branding for this first major revision to Windows 10 in Windows 10 Fall Update is Set for November Release. In this new rapid release world, the Fall Update brings Windows 10 to version 1511 (for 2015 November) and build 10586. By comparison, the initial release of Windows 10 was version 10.0 (retroactively, we can think of it as version 1507) and build 10240.
This version/build number gobbledygook is actually important. This is the first time the Windows 10 version number has been incremented, and going forward, this version of Windows 10 will replace the initial release. Looking ahead, we can expect other quarterly or biannual version upgrades as well. What this means is that new computers will come with Windows 10 version 1511, and that Microsoft’s online Media Creation Tool will create version 1511 install media. (Likewise, when you upgrade, the PC Reset tools in Windows will reset to version 1511, not 1507/10.0.)
Windows 10 version 1511—e.g. Windows 10 with the Fall Update—aggregates four months of feature additions and other improvements. If you are in the Windows Insider program, you tested these new features over a series of several builds. But now they will be delivered to all Windows 10 users via a single update, which will work much like a build-over-build upgrade and require a time-consuming reboot with that now-familiar circular progress indicator.