Windows 10 Anniversary Update - What to Expect
According to figures from Microsoft, over 270 million active devices are now running Windows 10. As the 29th July cut-off for the free upgrade approaches, Microsoft has also announced details of what users can expect from the anniversary update, due to be rolled out from the 2nd August.
Here is our run down of some of the best new features in the latest incarnation of Windows 10.
Closer to the Edge
Windows 10 saw the launch of the Edge web browser and the anniversary update will bring a more efficient, accessible and powerful Edge. Power-saving improvements will use fewer CPU cycles, consume less memory, and minimise the impact of background activity to reduce the strain on your device's battery.
Further catering for users with varying accessibility needs will see the introduction of improved visual presentation of web pages in high contrast mode and more intuitive form entry when using keyboard navigation and screen readers.
There will also be a range of Edge extensions (including the Pinterest 'Pin It' button and Last Pass) available in the Windows Store to improve and personlise your web browsing experience.
Hello Security for Apps and Edge
Where supported by hardware, Windows Hello enables biometric security (such as fingerprint, iris and face detection) access for increased security. The latest Windows incarnation will extend this functionality to Windows Apps and (supported) websites that are accessed through the Edge web browser. This will help to reduce the need for multiple passwords for different websites.
With the rise and rise of tablet devices, the holy grail of a realistic writing and drawing experience for these devices should be a step closer with Windows Ink. The stylus enables you to write on your device as you would do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analogue thoughts in the digital world.
The Windows digital assistant is about to get a whole lot smarter. If you are willing to get to know 'her' (and let her get to know you) a little better, then Cortana will make pro-active suggestions (such as ordering lunch or booking a train journey) throughout the day.
Cortana will also be available above the lock screen to allow for quicker access without having to unlock your device.
If you are partial to a little gaming when you get some well-earned downtime then you will be able to play and connect with gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Microsoft Studios is also bringing a full portfolio of new games to Windows 10, including the new Forza Motorsport 6, which will be free for Windows 10 users. Yes, we did say free!
So, it looks like the Windows 10 anniversary update is one to look out for and we will certainly be road testing it as soon as we can to see how Microsoft has improved what is already a very good Operating System.