Tech Recap Weekly: Windows 10 Anniversary Update edition

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update will release later this summer and unveils new features and changes coming to the operating system.

Microsoft Build 2016, San Francisco shows off Windows 10 Anniversary Update

This week on Pureinfotech: During Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference, the company made a number of announcements of software updates coming later this year. For starters, the software giant revealed that it’s naming “Anniversary Update” the next release of Windows 10 and it will be available later this summer — presumably sometime in July, as we know that this will be Windows 10 version 1607 –. The company is also planning to make the update available for free to all Windows 10 customers.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be a huge update for the operating system bringing new improvements and features. The company demonstrated some of these new changes during the Build 2016 Day 1 keynote and throughout the technical sessions.

Microsoft unveiled an updated Start menu that removes the “All apps” menus and brings a new list view that combines the “Most used” and “All apps” listings. The menu also gets some UI tweaks that makes it look more like a Universal Windows Platform app.

Another big announcement was the new updated Action Center and Toast Notifications. The new version of Windows 10 will include a new Action Center design with new richer card notifications. Notifications will now sync to the cloud making all your phone and PC notifications easily available on all your devices. Microsoft will even make the Action Center cross-platform, which mean that you’ll be able to get your notifications on Windows 10 devices as well as on Android through the Cortana app. (Microsoft is interested on bringing support for iOS, but there is no information at this time when will this happen.)

Notifications will also expand to the taskbar as Microsoft is working to bring taskbar notifications badges to alert users of new notifications without having to open the Start menu or Action Center. The Action Center button on the systray is also getting improved with a badge counter.

The Anniversary Update will bring Windows Ink, which is just a new name for Microsoft pen support in the operating system, but the company is also adding a number of new features and promises to make digital ink a big part of Windows. In the new update, users will get the new Ink Workspace which offer all the basic elements to start using the pen and there is a new ruler to work with more precision. In addition, the new version of Windows 10 will bring the pen settings to the Settings app, instead of having to use a different app.

Microsoft Edge will include a few new features alongside the extensions and other improvements. During the Build 2016, the company showed off a new biometric authentication using Windows Hello, which will allow users to sign-in to supported website without any password.

Xbox One will also get updated with the Anniversary Update. The update will finally deliver Cortana to the game console, users will be able to play music in the background, and Universal Windows apps are also coming to Xbox One.

Finally, a new tool has surfaced this week that lets Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 stop the upgrade of Windows 10 with a single-click. The tool is called Never10, it’s free, and very easy to use.

If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.

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