Windows 10 will be providing their Anniversary Update on August 2nd 2016 to all current versions of Windows 10 (Home / Pro / Enterprise) for free.
We are committed to delivering continuous innovation to you: including features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom. Everyone running Windows 10 will get these new features for free.
With over 350 million devices now running Windows 10, customer satisfaction is higher than any previous version of Windows and customer engagement is also incredible with more than 135 billion hours of use on Windows 10 since launch. We’re pleased that so many of you are being more productive and having more fun with Windows 10. Your feedback has been a key input into the design of the Anniversary Update.
Top Features coming to Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- Windows Ink
- Cortana on Lock Screen
- Microsoft Edge with Extensions
- Windows Hello – Unlock with your face
- Dark Theme OS wide
- DirectX 12 & Windows Apps on Xbox
- Bash on Windows (Linux command line on windows 10)
- New Skype App for Windows 10
- Mirror Notifications (Windows Phone & Android)
- Minor Changes to the Start Menu
Overall, I’m impressed with Windows 10 Anniversary Update. After just a year, Microsoft has managed to update Windows 10 with a solid amount of new features. This is the exact promise of Windows as a service, and it’s encouraging to see it in action. There are still many bigger things I’d love to see in Windows, but it’s often all these small additions that make for a better operating system overall. I’ve touched on most of the obvious feature additions, but Microsoft has also made a lot of fundamental improvements behind the scenes to better support multiple monitors and DPI scaling, improve battery life, and generally make Windows that bit faster.
Even with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 isn’t complete. This is just the latest update, and more features and changes are coming later this year and beyond. It feels like the big promise of Windows 10 across multiple devices is finally here, and Microsoft is now building on top of what that means.