November Update Has Been Released With Several New Features
Three updates were scheduled for Windows 8.1 this year. The plan was each update would introduce new features to the operating system, preparing for Windows Threshold.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 provided a large amount of updates, but Update 2 fell short of Microsoft’s promise. Update 2 was supposed to include the Start Menu that is currently available in Windows 10, but instead the update only included a few bug fixes and some options for touchpads, according to Winbeta.org.
Windows 8.1 Update 3 (also known as the November Update) introduces the following new features and improvements:
- Refreshed language packs
- Defence-in-depth security and Schannel hardening
- Support for newer hardware (boot order allowance, SD card improvements, USB debugging)
- Improved Web Services for Devices (WSD) printer support during network switches
- Performance and reliability improvements in clustered virtual machine mission-critical environments
- Improved manageability
- Additional hardware support (devices that have third-party disk encryption software enabled can now be upgraded to Windows 8.1 more easily)
“This November update rollup also includes all previous updates since our last image update in April 2014. This is a convenient single step to bring Windows clients and servers up to date. Unlike our April update, the November update rollup is not required to be able to continue to receive security or other updates,” according to Microsoft.com.
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