As we near the end of free Windows 10 upgrades it is worth noting that over 300 million devices worldwide now run Windows 10! Microsoft plans to follow up this success with the first major update to Windows 10, the Redstone 1 update will be the culmination of a year’s long effort of bug fixes and user requested new features that should please most Windows 10 users. Among the significant number of updates: Windows Ink has several new features for users with touchscreens, the start menu gets some visual and functional updates and Microsoft Edge gets some much needed attention.
Microsoft Edge, Microsoft replacement for Internet Explorer, will now have extension support, bio-metric authentication of websites, pinned tabs, accessibility updates, and improved security features like private browsing.
Microsoft’s Windows Store, has been updated to create a unified experience across all Microsoft platforms. The company is also improving the description pages for apps in the store with better ratings/reviews, system requirements, trailers, game clips and more.
Cortana in this release is being improved and you can now access the personal digital assistant from the lock screen while security controls are in place to prevent access to sensitive data if your machine is lost or stolen. Also improved are reminders that can now include pictures and your information can travel with you to different devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, so that Cortana can deliver the important information to you no matter the device.
As you can see, the Anniversary update is an excellent addition to Windows 10 and one that you should install right away. We have been testing it on the Insider branch for the better part of July and this release is ready for your daily driver. Because of all the minor updates and features rolling out with this release, the Anniversary update is greater than the sum of its parts; it adds to the OS that already has something for everyone.