Windows 10 Anniversary Update confirmed as ‘version 1607’, finalization begins

Microsoft begins to finalize the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and locks "version 1607" as the official version number.

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The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is scheduled to launch later this summer, and with only a few weeks left, Microsoft is now focus on finalizing the development of the operating system.

While the company officially hasn’t comment on the specific release date for the Anniversary Update, we known for some time that it’s likely to happen in July 29, 2016. However, now a new report from WinBeta confirms that Microsoft is locking “version 1607” as the version number for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The news further confirms that the operating system will arrive in July, as the version number indicates the month (07) and the year (16), just like in previous versions.

Windows 10 version 1607

Sources familiar to the project also revealed that Microsoft is no longer adding more features to Windows 10. Instead, the company is now fully focus on smashing bugs and making the operating system fully operational for everyone to use.

Of course, there is still a little bit of time left for us to see a few more changes and perhaps a couple more tiny features making their way into the Redstone 1 development before it launches, but it’s likely we may simply see a few more test versions with bug fixes and general improvements.

The report also suggests that we might still see some new improvements in the Settings app, such as UI improvements and other tweaks.

We’re in the final stretch of the road folks. There are only a few weeks left before you’ll be able install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC. If everything goes as expected, Friday, July 29th could be the official release date of the new operating system.

If you’re still in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, remember that the free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 ends on July 29th, so you must hurry to lock your free upgrade. If you’re not quite ready, you can use this workaround to upgrade at any time after the offer ends.

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