Report: Windows 10 Fall Update will arrive in November

— 3:50 PM on October 21, 2015

Folks who have been test-driving Insider builds of Windows 10 have already seen a sneak preview of some upcoming features for Microsoft's OS. The rest of us may be getting a look at those new features soon if Paul Thurrott's report based on information from "trusted sources" is correct. Thurrott says the first major update for Windows 10, called the Fall Update, will be released in November.

If those sources are correct, the Fall Update will carry version number 1511—the year and month of its planned release. Future updates will likely follow that pattern. Windows PCs running the release-to-manufacturing build of Windows 10 or later should see the new version in Windows Update as a cumulative update.

Thurrott says fresh installations of Windows 10 with this update included can be activated using keys from Windows 7 and later, a feature that first showed up for Windows Insiders recently. Those already using Windows 10 shouldn't have to worry, though, since his sources say the new version won't require reactivation.

 Some other features in recent Windows Insider releases will purportedly be along for the ride.  A new Media Creation tool will get a final release, and Win10 users will be able to talk to Cortana in more countries. Edge will also apparently get some additional enhancements, but add-ons won't be among them.

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