Windows 10’s Anniversary Update is on schedule, exactly one year after Microsoft’s Windows 10 original launch date.
The operating system still has updates, usually meant to improve its driver and service knowledge base, or to reinforce its security but the Anniversary Update has been referred to as the largest changes and updates pack since Windows 10 arrived to PCs.
A year has been more than enough time for the Microsoft team to tweak the operating system. Although an official list of changes will be accessible before and after the update downloads, here are several of the changes that will be coming.
First of all, an impressive amount of bugs will be receiving fixes. On June 14th, the Anniversary Update has been given to beta testers near and far so that they can root out any other bugs that the Microsoft team might have missed.
Apart from the official bug squatting, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be featuring several Quality of Life improvements and tweaks to the start menu. A dark theme is being added, several battery control options will be made more accessible, and battery drain is being diminished as well.
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A few built-in apps have also been upgraded, and users can expect to see small interface tweaks as well. The way the Action Handles app priority and displays app notifications received a considerable upgrade as well.
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The two apps that received the most number of upgrades and improvements, however, are Edge, Microsoft’s Windows 10 browser, and Cortana, the new personal assistant for Windows 10.
Microsoft Edge’s inner workings have been straightened out and should now be loading pages faster, while using less CPU, RAM, and power. Apart from a new history menu, users can now pin tabs, clear their browser data on exit and install any number of the extensions made available to the browser.
Some of the extensions include a website developer tool that can aid in compatibility and performance, an ad blocker, Last Pass, a Microsoft Office tool which can create and edit Office files in Edge without needing Office installed, and Save to Pocket.
Cortana has received localization updates. She understands natural-language requests, she connects and communicates with other devices. Locally, she has become more adept at using the calendar, alarm, and timer tools. She can also search through Office 365. In regards to searching, she also finds music both locally and in Microsoft’s Groove Music Catalog much faster and better.
Lastly, one of the more important features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will allow users to perform a clean install (or reinstall) with greater ease.
With almost a month left until its scheduled release, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update can still receive significant new features. Windows Update will manage the download and installation.
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