Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update today for all Windows 10 users. The new update claims to have a lot of new features and innovations that “bring Windows Ink and Cortana to life, an improved faster and power efficient Microsoft Edge Browserâ€. Further it also brings some advanced security features and gaming experiences.
The update will be available for new machines first which comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The anniversary update will come to your Windows 10 device automatically through Windows Update if you have chosen the option to install updates automatically. Else, if you can’t wait for the update, you can manually install on your PC. However, if one is using a Windows 10 PC at work, he needs to check with the IT administrator for details on his organisation’s specific plans to update. Additionally, the new Anniversary update will start getting to Windows 10 Mobile phones in coming weeks.
Meanwhile, let’s explore some of the top features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which are listed on Microsoft’s website.
1. Windows Ink
It is a new pen-driven app that claims to significantly increase the ability of your Pen or Stylus. It can be easily accessed through Windows Ink Workspace or by just clicking the back of your pen.
2. More Secure Windows
Microsoft claims that they have boosted the free anti-malware service Windows Defender which will now give you real-time protection scans for everything you download or run on your PC.
3. Face Detection & Finger Print integration
Windows have integrated face detection and fingerprint technology to not only login in screens but also to Windows apps and Microsoft Edge making it the first and only browser to natively support bio-metrics.
4. Improved Microsoft Edge
The new anniversary update comes with more efficient Microsoft Edge browser. With fewer CPU cycles, less memory consumption, and minimal background activity, Microsoft claims that the new Microsoft Edge lasts 3 hours longer than Google Chrome- long enough to finish the final movie in your favourite trilogy. Additionally, it also comes with Amazon Assistant, LastPass, AdBlock etc.
5. Better Cortana integration
The digital assistant from Microsoft is now available above your lock screen and can help you with anything from making notes to playing music from PC. It can also now save and recall key information and all the data will by synced across devices.
6. New Emojis
Windows have revamped the entire set of Windows emojis making them more inclusive, detailed, expressive and playful.
7. Play Xbox anywhere
The new Anniversary update brings in Good News for gamers as Xbox Play Anywhere feature enables you to purchase a single digital copy of game, and then play it on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.
8. User-friendly Content
New accessibility architecture for Microsoft Edge supports modern web standards with Page structure now exposed to more clear and assistive technology. This makes browsing experience better for people of all abilities, claims Microsoft.
9. Dark Theme for night
The new update comes with a dark theme that is more comfortable and gentler on sight during late night browsing sessions.
10. Perfect Work and Leisure Balance
Easily pin a Windows and you can find it on every desktop. This enables you to keep both Work and Leisure activities fairly balanced.