Microsoft announced yesterday that the next major update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, is coming on August 2, 2016, four days after the one year anniversary of When the Windows 10 was initially launched. The goal is to deliver all of the variants of the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 across all of the devices, including PCs, tablets, Windows Phones, Surface Hub, Xbox One, Internet of Things devices, and HoloLens, on that day. That is around 350 million active Windows 10 devices, up from 300 million in May.
Together, the Anniversary Update brings six areas of innovation and improvements to consumers and enterprises.
- Windows Hello for apps and websites to unlock your PC, providing more choices for quick and secured sign-ins.
- Improvements to Windows Defender, including the option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PCs, as well as new notifications and summaries when threats are found.
For enterprise users, the Anniversary Update also delivers two major new security features to help protect business from today’s modern threats, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP), and Windows Information Protection.
Windows Ink, available for the first time in the Anniversary Update, brings the writing you do every day into your digital world.
- Quickly and easily take a note, sketch on a screenshot, or draw an idea.
- Smart Sticky Notes help you remember common tasks like reminding you of flight times or offering directions using Maps.
- Key apps have new ink-specific features, like using handwriting in Office, ink annotations in Microsoft Edge or drawing custom routes in Maps.
Cortana to be more productive
- Cortana is now available above your lock screen so you can do things like ask questions, play music from your PC or set a reminder without unlocking your device.
- Cortana can save and recall key information, like your frequent flier number or where you parked at the airport. You can also add photos to make your reminders visual, like a photo of a bottle of wine you enjoyed at a restaurant.
- Cortana can give you notifications across all the devices you have with Cortana – like sharing directions across devices or from text or messaging services on your phone.
Edge is just simply keeping getting better.
- Strong power efficiency that blows Chrome out of the Window.
- Extensions come to alive.
- A new accessibility architecture for Microsoft Edge supports modern web standards, including HTML5, CSS3, and ARIA.
Gamers stay connected
A lot of new features for Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10, making gamers to stay with their friends and enjoy more games across your favorite devices.
For modern classroom
Education customers can enjoy a range of new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly.
The summer is getting exciting…but if you don’t want to wait until August 2 to try out all these features, it’s time to join the Insider Program.
Still haven’t upgraded? What are you waiting for? The free upgrade ends in about a month on July 29.