Windows 10 to get Anniversary Update this summer

Posted on Thursday, March 31 2016 @ 15:54 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows 10 users will be getting an Anniversary Update this summer. This big update was previously codename Redstone 1, an exact launch date isn't known but it will likely be in July.

The Anniversary Update will deliver a host of new features, WinBeta has a nice overview over here. There will be improvements to the Windows Store, to gaming support (more about that in the next post), new Edge features, and Cortana enhancements. For developers there will also be some new features like Project Centennial, a Win32 to UWP converter, and even a Linux shell.
Microsoft has detailed a few new features coming in the Anniversary Update this summer, with apps like Microsoft Edge getting new extension support and biometric authentication support with Windows Hello. Lots of other first-party apps such as Groove Music, Photos, Camera, Maps etc. are too set to receive new updates alongside the Anniversary Update.

Cortana is set to receive new improvements with more voice commands and the ability to activate her from the lock screen. She’ll also intelligently make suggestions during the day whilst using your smartphone or PC, with insights regarding what’s coming up, places nearby and more.

Windows Inking is getting a huge update with the Anniversary Update too, with new Ink workspace tools that allow users to draw on top of any app with virtual rulers, pens and more. For example, users will soon be able to annotate Maps in the maps app, or draw on top of photos in the photos app with the new Inking abilities.

Xbox One also benefits from the Anniversary Update, introducing Universal Windows Apps to the Xbox One platform. This update also allows retail Xbox One consoles to be converted into devkits for developers at home to test apps and games.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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