Microsoft has given an official release date for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It’s coming August 2nd and it will be free to all computers currently running Windows 10.
Anniversary Update is the next milestone release of the Windows 10 operating system. It is the second major update with v1511 being the first last November. Microsoft had previously estimated two major updates a year but it looks like they might be on track for one update each year. Given some of the negativity that they have gained for the aggressive push of the free Windows 10 update, a slower pace might be welcome. The free offer to upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 will expire on July 29th.
The big features of the Anniversary Update include:
- vast improvements to inking and better integration across applications, including a digital straight edge accessory
- security improvements with Windows Defender, Windows Hello, and Windows Information Protection
- Cortana advancements such as availability on the lock screen, recalling information, and sharing notifications to your phone
- Microsoft Edge gains extensions, has power-saving improvements, and better handling of web content for assistive technology
- Xbox Play Anywhere to share progress between Xbox One and Windows 10
- features specifically for classroom PCs such as “Set up School PCs” and “Take a Test” app
For more details, see the announcement on the Windows Experience blog.