If you are one of the 350 million already using the latest Windows 10, than you will pleased with this bit of news from Microsoft. The company is announcing an anniversary update with major refinements to its services. Coming in August, will see Windows Ink and Cortana brought to 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.
Part of the update include, two new security features for enterprise customers – Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection.
“When we introduced Windows 10, our vision was not only to deliver the best and most secure version of the OS ever, it was also to create an experience that would keep getting better, said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group. “The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a great example of this – and we look forward to building on it even further in the future.”
New improvements are also made to Windows Hello with customers can now sign in with enterprise-grade security, password-free, to apps, and access supporting websites with biometric authentication using Microsoft Edge, the first and only browser to natively support biometrics.
Windows Ink that’s works with a digital pen, enables people to write on a device as they would on paper. Integration with Office and other applications such as Microsoft Edge and Maps makes this feature very viable.
The update improves power consumption using fewer CPU cycles, consuming less memory, and minimising the impact of background activity and peripheral content like Flash advertisements. Microsoft Edge Extensions, such as Pinterest’s “Pin it Button” and Amazon Assistant,, will also be available in the Windows Store. The new accessibility architecture for Microsoft Edge also now supports modern web standards, including HTML5, CSS3, and ARIA. With this update, page structure and content are exposed more clearly with assistive technology. Visual presentation of web pages in high contrast mode provides additional visual context, while preserving text contrast. Also, form entry when using keyboard navigation and screen readers improve the browsing experience for people of all abilities.
Despite XBox not available here, with Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can buy games once and play on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and share achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be accessible in the Windows Store on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.