Microsoft releases the Windows 10 anniversary update

Microsoft releases the Windows 10 anniversary update

Microsoft releases the Windows 10 anniversary update

Written by Staff Writer

02 Aug, 2016 | 4:10 pm

Marking the one-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is releasing a series of changes it calls the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. But if you’d rather start with a brand-new PC than update the operating system on your old one, Microsoft has announced a series of temporary discounts on some Windows 10 laptops and hybrids, from retailers.

More than 350m devices have been upgraded since Windows 10 was released in a Microsoft campaign that bombarded computer owners with invitations to get the new version for free, pushed it out to computers automatically and installed it without users realising.

The Anniversary Update sees Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana become more central, being used as part of any search, while a new feature called Windows Ink enables users to annotate on their screens more freely, and across different apps, with a stylus.

The Microsoft Edge web browser, introduced in Windows 10 to replace Internet Explorer, is also being tweaked so it becomes more power-efficient and also contains loads of extensions.

The advanced security features include facial recognition technology, Windows Hello, being made available to log in to websites and apps.

The Anniversary Update comes days after Microsoft ended a free upgrade programme for users eligible to update to Windows 10, which was released in July 2015. Now, anyone wanting to move to the software from either Windows 7 or 8 must pay for Windows 10 though some users have found workarounds.

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