While certainly not as big of an update as the original launch of Windows 10, the next major update now has a release date. August 2nd will be the date where all of the latest additions and features will be coming to Windows 10. The insider preview has been testing many of these for a while, providing feedback and bug reports to hopefully have a smooth launch.

There’s quite a few small changes coming, such changes to the Start Menu and lock screen, as well as new icons and locations for some of the settings to give it a better look and feel. Welcome changes will be things like being able to adjust music playback on the lock screen, as well as do some Cortana interaction without having to unlock the device.

One of the features that has been sorely lacking since launch though is extensions for the new browser, Edge. With the Anniversary Update, extensions will finally be available. There are a few extensions already in the preview builds, such as Adblock, Adblock Plus, Lastpass, Microsoft Translator, and a few more. The ability to use Lastpass is almost a make or break feature for me, so this is very much welcome. Extensions will be available through the store, and will be kept up to date through the store too.

First shown off at Build at the end of March, Microsoft is focusing even more on their pen support with Windows Ink. On a system with pen support, there will be an icon in the system tray to launch Windows Ink, where you can get quick access to pen-enabled apps, as well as discover more. They’ve added some excellent features for Windows Ink, including a digital ruler, and even the ability to set reminders by writing on notes. There seems to be a very vocal group that uses the inking quite a bit, and these changes should make that even more useful.

Windows Hello, which is the biometric authentication system which debuted with Windows 10, will also get some upgrades. Windows Hello support will be available in Microsoft Edge to allow Windows Hello login through the browser to supported sites and web apps. Hopefully this will be the first step on eliminating the password problem.

When this ships, Windows 10 will be about a year old, so it makes a lot of sense to start to deliver on some of the enterprise features promised when Windows 10 was first announced. The key one here is Windows Information Protection, formerly known as Enterprise Data Protection. This will help eliminate data leaks by securing devices, separating data, and preventing unauthorized users from opening the data. It’s a major feature for enterprises, and for those that want to read about it a bit more, they’ve posted a blog post about this update.

Gaming hasn’t been forgotten either, with Xbox Play Anywhere announced at E3, where you can buy a supported game once on either PC or Xbox, and play the same game with the same save files on either. There’s a lot more coming, and we’ll be looking into the changes further closer to the launch date.

Microsoft has also announced that the free upgrade offer would be ending at the end of July. If you were holding off upgrading but still wanted to, that date is quickly approaching.

Source: Microsoft

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  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - link

    "no one wants Windows 10, blahblahblah"

    Familiar mantra, your sad kind wailed exactly the same when 7 shipped. Guess what, nothing crashes and everything works somehow.
  • LazloPanaflex - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - link

    Hey, Michael Bay, guess what, he's right...nobody wants 10. Oh, BTW, go fuck yourself, you Microsoft shill.
  • Michael Bay - Thursday, July 7, 2016 - link

    Oh, another sad loonie.
  • Belard - Friday, July 8, 2016 - link

    Er, no.... people were installing pre-release versions of Windows 7 onto their computers.
    The spamming from MS is deception, and troubling. The AD-based OS is a waste of resources.
    The fact that its FREE for a year, and yet didn't meet their goals is a sign that MS is desperate.

    Let's see, MS planned to have 1B W10 lic. installed in a year. Then they reduced that number twice more. So about 250~300m Win10 users out there. If W10 was not free, I bet they'd have half of what they have today, if they were lucky.

    I have Win7 on my computers. I did NOT downgrade to W10 on either of them. It wasn't worth saving me $450 (3 Win7Pro) to install a crappy OS that I doesn't do anything.

    Worse again, is that MS has infected its updater to spam W10 and make Win7 computers run slower. They keep re-issuing updates that have been checked "DON'T INSTALL", they keep coming up with NEW updates, which bug you about Windows10.

    This is evil tactics... used by scam artists. Now they have a FULL SCREEN "GET WINDOWS 10!" in case we somehow missed it for the past year. So either we have to keep up which updates are infected or shut down Windows updates all together.

    When people are AVOIDING a free $150 OS upgrade - that is a major sign problems.

    Hopefully the best thing when the FREE upgrade is over, MS will stop sending out infected updates and send out NORMAL updates. But somehow, I doubt it. they'll likely send out crappy updates to make the computers run worse and worse and blame it on an "old OS".

    I'm already going to Linux. My #4 computer is LinuxMint, its easier to use than Windows 10 and looks great, fast. Eventually it'll be on my main PC.
  • theduckofdeath - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - link

    Wow, you're really filling comment sections with nonsense and other made up stuff. To the extent it would be pointless starting a grownup discussion with you. :D
    Is that you, Linus Torvald, or are you just a desperate shill trying to save the last scraps of Linux on desktops?

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