Last week, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for all Windows 10 PCs. The update for Windows 10 Mobile is not available yet but it will add a couple of new features and improvements to the OS. In this article, I want to sum up all the new features to give you a little overview.
To learn about the new Windows 10 features click here.
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.
Furthermore, notifications can now have hero images which makes the entire Action Center look better. You can now choose how many notifications an app can have in the Action Center and manage the order of Quick Actions.
Camera button and Media Control on the Lock Screen
With the Anniversary Update the lock screen gets some improvements as well. The back-button on the lock screen has been replaced with a camera button. Furthermore, you can now control your music directly from the lock screen.
The Anniversary Update does not add any major features to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Mobile. Nevertheless, there are a few new features which make Edge feel more grown up. Edge does now allow Swipe gestures to navigate between website, you can use Word Flow in the Edge address bar, download notifications in Edge now include filenames, download status and site domain on separate lines…
Cortana has learned three new languages and is now available in Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico) and in French (Canada). People in countries where Cortana is not available do not need to change the region anymore to activate Cortana. Just go to the Cortana settings and choose a supported language.
One of my favorite new Cortana features is the synchronization of notifications between the phone and the PC. On the phone side, both Windows 10 Mobile and Android are supported.
You can now create reminders with photos or shared info from apps. Additionally, you can now easily send a picture from your phone to your PC through Cortana.
Active hours for Windows Update
Windows Update now allows you to set the time you’re most active. During this time, you will not get disturbed by update notifications or restarts. Optionally, you can now choose a time when your phone should install updates.
And so much more…
The Anniversary Update includes even more exciting new features like
- New emojis
- Icons for every Settings page
- Improved Store
The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile may not add as many new features as the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 but nevertheless it definitely improves the overall Windows 10 Mobile experience. The entire OS feels more grown up now and is a lot more fun to use.
Are you excited about the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile? What are your favorite new features? Tell us in the comments!