The Windows 10 Anniversay Update is released today (2nd August 2016), and comes with a host of new features:
- The UI for the start menu has been changed to allow for less scrolling.
- Live tiles are now smarter with “Chaseable” live tiles. This means that if a live tile shows an email or news story, it will open on that email / news story when the app is opened.
- Action Center has had a great deal of improvement with richer notifications. If you have Cortana activated and installed on both your PC and phone – your PC will be able to show you notifications from your phone (very handy!).
- The taskbar has been improved with the number of notifications on an app being displayed beside the app icon.
- Cortana can now be activated from your lock screen, helping you before you even log on to your computer.
- Microsoft Edge now has extensions such as LastPass. Edge now supports web notifications, allowing for websites to give you notifications in Action Center.
- Windows Ink – this is a massive improvement to the pen support within Windows 10 allowing for intelligent inking (e.g jotting down something on a sticky note and the note being automatically saved to Cortana).
- Bash on Windows 10 – This is a Linux subsystem which can be installed inside Windows 10, giving developers access to Linux commands directly from within Windows – no VM needed!
- Unified Windows App Store – with this update, the Windows Store and Xbox Store have begun to merge – allowing for the majority of Windows 10 apps to be used on the Xbox One!
- Windows Hello – Windows Hello will now support apps and websites allowing you to log on using your face or fingerprint.
There you have it – 10 new features on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update!