Windows 10 news recap: November Update pulled, Redstone prep, and more



At the start of last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Version 1511 (also known as the November Update) for Enterprise, available via the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. This latest version of Windows 10 for Enterprise includes all the new features from the consumer-oriented 1511 update, such as XTS-AES BitLocker encryption, Edge browser improvements, and overall performance adjustments, as well as the features tailored to enterprise needs such as access to the new Windows Store for Business and Windows Update for Business, and the improved Mobile Device Management and Azure Active Directory.
Microsoft rolled out an update to the Movies & TV app, which brought forth an optional dark theme. To change your settings, just open the app and hit the Settings cog. You will see the option to change between light and dark mode — a restart of the app will be required.
Microsoft rolled out a cumulative update titled “Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems” or (KB3118754), which includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10 Version 1511. It’s a cumulative update which contains all previously-released fixes.
With the Windows 10 November Update (Threshold 2) finished and released to the public, Microsoft has turned their full attention over to Redstone, the next major update for Windows 10 slated for release in 2016. Much like the original Windows 10 Insider Program and Threshold 2 Insider Program, Microsoft will be expecting Insiders to help test out Redstone too, and it appears Microsoft has started preparations to begin that process. You can read more about that here.
A nasty, credential-stealing malware known as Dyreza (or Dyre for short) has been updated to target Windows 10 and the Edge browser. This malware is also sold as a “cybercrime-for-hire” service and has been found to target Salesforce users and banking customers. According to Microsoft, if you are prompted by your firewall to allow higher access privileges to programs such as explorer.exe and svchost.exe, you have been infected. You can read more about this here.
The Windows 10 November Update was apparently pulled from Windows Update at the end of the week, meaning it was no longer being offered to Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 users. It also appears to have been pulled from the Media Creation Tool, meaning you can no longer do in-place upgrades with an ISO, as the tool is no longer offering the ISO for download. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the update was not removed from Windows Update, rather it was being delivered “over time” and you will see it soon. Interesting.
Stay tuned for another exciting week of Windows 10 news.