Windows 10 Anniversary Update now available

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 03 August 2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update now available

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has begun rolling out for customers around the world. The Anniversary Update is full of features and innovations that will bring new experiences with Windows Ink, Cortana, gaming and more.

“Available for the first time in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Ink lets you quickly and easily take notes, sketch on a screenshot or draw out an idea,” explains Mollie Ruiz-Hopper, editor in chief of Microsoft’s Windows Blog. “Smart sticky notes can help you remember common tasks like reminding you of flight times or offering you directions using Maps.

“The Anniversary Update also brings new improvements to Windows Defender, our free anti-malware service that includes an option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC to help make sure your PC is safe and update to date,” Ruiz-Hopper continues. “New Windows Hello features make it easy for you to use the same easy, yet strong, security of Windows Hello with Windows apps and Microsoft Edge.”

The Anniversary Update includes more power saving improvements to Microsoft Edge to help users get more out of their PC’s battery life. And Microsoft Edge Extensions are coming to the Windows Store, such as Pinterest Pin It Button, Amazon Assistant, AdBlock, Adblock Plus and LastPass. These extensions will help users to personalise their browsing experience further.

Meanwhile, Cortana will be available above the lock screen so that users can do things like ask questions, play music from their PC or set a reminder without unlocking their device. “Cortana can save and recall key information across your devices, 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,” explains Ruiz-Hopper.

Customers can enjoy a range of new education features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly and the ‘Take a Test’ app that creates a browser-based, locked down environment for more secure online assessments.

And Skype Preview for Windows 10 PCs has been redesigned and will come installed automatically with the Anniversary Update. “You’ll be able to use all your favourite Skype features: talk over 1:1 and group video calls, say hello with 1:1 and group chats, call mobiles and landlines at low rates, share photos, share files, use emoticons, and add Mojis,” Ruiz-Hopper says. “To get started, once you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC, open the Start menu and you’ll see “Skype Preview” in your list of apps. Click to launch or pin it to your taskbar or start for even faster access.

“The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is our most reliable update yet.”


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