Last Friday, Windows 10 had its first birthday. Today, Microsoft has a big present for all Windows 10 users, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which will start rolling out later today. The update brings many new features and improvements to Windows 10. In this article, I want to sum up all the new features to give you a little overview.
Improved Action Center
With the Anniversary Update, the Action Center gets more informative and useful. It is now possible to set priority levels for individual apps to get notifications from apps you care about most at the top of the Action Center.
Another nice improvement: The taskbar icon of the Action Center will now display a badge showing the number of unread notifications.
Start Menu Overhaul
Microsoft slightly reimagined the Windows 10 Start menu in the Anniversary Update and makes it easier and faster to use. The original version displayed your most-used and recently added apps, with various settings (power, system settings, etc.) at the bottom of the menu. To get to all these settings, a click on the All Apps button was required.
With the Anniversary Update all these power and settings options are visible all the time so that an additional click is not needed any longer.
Windows Ink is one of my favorite features of the Anniversary Update. It brings the work with the digital pen to a new level.
There are new options which allow the users to personalize their pens and with the Windows Ink Workspace, the user gets a collection of tools and apps that support the Stylus, like Sticky Notes and a Sketchpad. Furthermore, stylus users can now use the new digital ruler and set Cortana reminders based on written notes.
The digital assistant gets many improvements as well. Cortana is now accessible from the lock screen and can already assist you there. Furthermore, Cortana is now able to notify you, when your phone is low on battery and to synchronizes notifications from your phone with your Windows 10 PC.
Many improvements for apps and the Windows Store
The Store gets a new layout with the Anniversary Update.
Furthermore, the update brings many improvements for Microsoft apps. It includes the new UWP Skype (Preview) App, a new Feedback Hub and several smaller and bigger fixes and improvements for Maps, Groove Music, Outlook Mail and Calendar.
The Anniversary Update is also the start for Project Centennial. Developers can now convert their classic Windows programs to UWP Windows Store Apps.
Microsoft Edge is the new browser of Microsoft. It is already available since the start of Windows 10 last year, but now with the Anniversary Update it finally gets ‘mature’. Finally, Edge gets extension support which can be downloaded and installed from the Windows Store. Additionally, Edge does now allow Swipe gestures to navigate between website.
People who love using Windows Hello, will be excited about the new Windows Hello features.
The biometric authentication can now be used in the Windows Store for buying apps, in Microsoft Edge to sign into websites and in some apps.
And so much more…
The Anniversary Update includes even more exciting new features like
- New emojis
- Taskbar notification icons
- Xbox Play Anywhere
- Dark Theme
- Bash shell
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is definitely a huge update which does not just add cool new features like Windows Ink to Windows 10 but also improves the overall Windows 10 experience. The entire OS feels more grown up now and Microsoft is showing us what Windows as a service really means and what we can expect from future updates.
Are you excited about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? What are your favorite new features? Tell us in the comments!