Microsoft is reportedly preparing a major update for Windows 10 next month as it looks to respond to the huge numbers of customers using the software.

The release, codenamed ‘Threshold 2’, will bring a wide range of user interface and software improvements to Windows 10, including updates to some of the most popular apps such as Messaging and Skype.

The Verge reports that Microsoft is set to roll out the update to existing Windows 10 users in early November, and likely during the first week of next month, and will be made automatically available to those users upgrading directly from Windows 7 or 8.

Among the other updates are an improved Media Creation Tool, new locales and other new features for Cortana, and various Edge improvements, all of which were originally scheduled to be included in the initial build of Windows 10 but ultimately missed out.

But it will also include the option of coloured title bars for desktop apps, improved context menus, and an extra column of Live Tiles for the Start menu.