Microsoft announced an update for Windows 10: their Anniversary Update. It will be available on August 2 and the update will include new innovations such as Windows Ink, an enhanced tool for Cortana, built-in security protection features, and a much more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update aims to help users become more productive, stay safer online, and have fun. Everyone running Windows 10 will get these new features for free.
More added features for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows Ink will make its first appearance in the Anniversary Update to bring everyday writing into the digital world. With a digital pen, users will be able to take a note, sketch a screenshot, or draw an idea on a Windows 10 device.
The personal assistant, Cortana, also brings a bunch of improvements on this update. Microsoft creates this personal assistance and makes it easier to interact with. You will not need to unlock the screen to ask questions or give orders to Cortana. It will also save and recall key information such as frequent flyer number for users, bringing a more personalized experience.
In addition to the Cortana upgrade, Microsoft also introduces an enhanced Microsoft Edge browser. Equipped with a power-saving ability, this browser uses fewer CPU cycles, consumes less memory, and maximizes the battery life of your device. Extensions for Edge will be available in the Windows Store for users to personalize browsing experience.
Security innovation is also added with the aim to eliminate the password problem. Windows Hello, a biometric authentication system, will also debut in this update. It primarily allows users to unlock a PC or login throughout the browser to paired apps and supporting sites via biometric methods like touching or looking.
Free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29
All these features will be free for Windows 10 users. Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 free update for those Windows 7 and 8.1 users, yet this will be ending on July 29th. After that date, a full version of Windows 10 will charge each user to upgrade for $119.
Microsoft has been encouraging Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10. On July 1st, Microsoft sent out an update about Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification (see here). Users who install this update will receive an end-of-free offer, wherein users can choose to upgrade directly, dismiss the notification permanently, or select the ‘Remind me later’ option. If they block this update, this reminder for the upgrade will never appear again on the screen.
[Source: 360 Total Security Blog]