What’s new in the Windows 10-anniversary update?
The Windows 10-anniversary update offers several new features for users, including an improved Start menu, an updated taskbar, and support for Windows Hello. There are also a number of new security features, including a new antivirus program and a firewall. The update also includes support for the new Microsoft Edge browser.
Edge browser gets new features
One of the most significant changes in the Windows 10 anniversary update is the addition of new features to Microsoft Edge, the company’s stripped-down browser.
The most visible new feature is extension support, which was previously available only in beta form. Extensions can be installed from the Windows Store or from the Chrome Web Store, and there are currently a dozen or so to choose from, including ad blockers, password managers and Amazon Assistant.
Microsoft has also added tab preview to Edge, so you can hover over a tab and get a thumbnail view of the page. This should come in handy if you tend to have a lot of tabs open at once.
Another new feature is web notifications, which allows websites to send you notifications even when you’re not actively using Edge. This feature is turned off by default, but you can enable it in the settings menu.
Finally, Microsoft has made some changes to Edge’s Favorites system. You can now access your favorites from anywhere in the browser by clicking on the star icon in the upper-right corner. And if you have a lot of favorites, you can now organize them into folders.
Start menu and taskbar get new features
The Start menu in the Windows 10 anniversary update gets a few new features, the most notable of which is support for Live Tiles. This means that you can now pin apps to the Start menu and have them display live information, just like on Windows 8.
The taskbar also gets a few new features in the anniversary update. The biggest is support for “Badges.” These are small notifications that appear on an app’s icon when there is new activity. For example, if you have an unread message in Outlook, you’ll see a badge on the Outlook icon.
Badges can be turned on or off in the taskbar settings. To access the settings, right-click on the taskbar and select “Settings.” Then, click on the “Notifications” tab and scroll down to the “Badges” section.
Virtual desktops get new features
Now you can add and delete virtual desktops from the taskbar, and you can even give each desktop a custom name.
In addition, thumbnail previews for each desktop are now available in the taskbar, so you can quickly see what’s running on each one.
Finally, you can now use task views to see all your open windows at once, regardless of which virtual desktop they’re on.
Cortana gets new features
Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, is getting some new features in the Windows 10 anniversary update. According to a blog post on the Windows website, Cortana will now be able to track package deliveries and make restaurant reservations.
In addition, Cortana will now be available in more countries, including Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. And Microsoft is also working on making Cortana available in more languages.
These new features are just a few of the many that are coming to Windows 10 with the anniversary update. Other new features include an improved Start menu, a new setting that allows you to disable apps from running in the background, and updated versions of Edge and Skype.
How to get the Windows 10 anniversary update
Microsoft is now rolling out the Windows 10 anniversary update for all users of the operating system. The update is available for free for all users who have a valid license for the operating system. The update includes a number of new features and improvements, including a new desktop icon for the Recycle Bin.
Upgrade from an earlier version of Windows
If you’re running Windows 10 version 1511 or earlier, you’ll need to upgrade to the anniversary update through Windows Update. Here’s how:
- Go to Start > Settings > Update & security.
- Select Windows Update and then Check for updates.
- If you see a message that says “Your device is up to date,” you have all the updates that are currently available. If not, continue to step 4 below.
- Select Install now and then follow the instructions that appear on your screen to install the anniversary update.
- Once your PC has been updated, make sure to go back to Start > Settings > Update & security and verify that no other updates are available for your device.
Get the update from the Microsoft Store
Windows 10 anniversary update is available for free from the Microsoft Store. Follow these steps to get it:
- Open the Microsoft Store app. If you don’t have it, you can download it from the Windows Store.
- In the search box, type “windows 10 anniversary update” and press Enter.
- Click Get.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the download and install process.
Get the update from the Windows Update Catalog
You can get the update from the Windows Update Catalog if you can’t get it through Windows Update.
- Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
- Search for and select the update that you want to download and install. For example, search for and select KB4093105.
- Select the appropriate version of the update for your version of Windows 10, and then select Add > View Basket.
- In the upper right corner of the page, select Download, and then follow the instructions on that page to download and run the tool.
How to install the Windows 10 anniversary update
Microsoft is currently rolling out the Windows 10 anniversary update to all Windows 10 users. The update is packed with new features and improvements, and is available for free. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can manually install it by following the steps below.
Install the update from the Microsoft Store
Here’s how to get the Windows 10 anniversary update:
1.Open the Microsoft Store and select the Update now button.
- If you don’t see the Update now button, it means your device isn’t set to automatically install Windows updates. To do this:
a. Press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open Settings.
b. Select Update & security > Windows Update .
c. Under Update settings, select Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
d. If available, select Download now. The update will begin downloading and installing automatically. You may need to restart your device to finish installing the update—if you see a message that says “Restart now,” select it to begin installation right away; if you don’t see that message, installation will happen automatically overnight when your PC is connected to power and plugged in or 8 hours after you’ve restarted manually
- Follow any instructions that appear on your screen until installation is complete, then enjoy!
Install the update from the Windows Update Catalog
- Go to the Windows Update Catalog website.
- Under Select operating system, select Windows 10, and then under Select edition, select Windows 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit) > Download.
- Double-click the downloaded cab file to install the update.
How to use the new features in the Windows 10 anniversary update
The Windows 10 anniversary update brings a number of new features to the desktop. One of the most notable is the new Windows Subsystem for Linux, which allows you to run a Bash shell natively on Windows. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the new features in the Windows 10 anniversary update.
Use the new features in Edge
The Windows 10 anniversary update brings a whole host of new features to Microsoft’s Edge browser. The most noticeable is probably tab preview, which shows you a thumbnail of all your open tabs when you hover over the Edge icon in the taskbar.
Other new features include e-book support, extensions and a reading view that strips out clutter from websites. Here’s how to make the most of them.
Use the new features in the Start menu and taskbar
Now that the Windows 10 anniversary update is finally here, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Here’s a quick guide to some of the new features in the Start menu and taskbar.
One of the most notable changes is the addition of a ‘Show more tiles’ option in the Start menu. This allows you to increase the number of tiles that are displayed, giving you quick access to more of your apps and programs.
The Taskbar has also been given a makeover, with support for new ‘taskbar widgets’. These widgets allow you to quickly view information from your programs without having to open them up. For example, you can see how many unread emails you have in your Outlook inbox, or how many tasks are left to do in your To-Do list.
Other new features include:
-The ability to ‘pin’ websites to the taskbar for quick access
-A new ‘Action Center’ where you can view notifications and take action on them
-A redesigned ‘File Explorer’ with an updated interface and improved search functionality
Use the new features in virtual desktops
With Windows 10 virtual desktops, you can create multiple, separate desktops that each can display different open windows and apps. For example, you could have one desktop for work apps and another for personal apps. To use virtual desktops:
- Open Task View by clicking the Task View button on the taskbar (or by pressing the Windows logo key + Tab).
- Click New desktop to add a new, empty desktop. You can add as many as you like.
- To switch between desktops, click the desktop you want to open (it will get highlighted), or press Control + Windows logo key + Right or Left arrow keys.
- To close a desktop, open Task View, hover over the thumbnail of the desktop you want to close, and then click the X that appears in the upper right corner of the thumbnail.
Use the new features in Cortana
One of the great new features in the Windows 10 anniversary update is Cortana, the digital assistant from Microsoft. Cortana can do a lot of things, from setting reminders to answering questions, and she’s always getting better. Here’s how to get started with Cortana.
To start using Cortana, just click the Cortana icon in the taskbar. You’ll see a welcome message, and then you can start talking to Cortana. Just ask her anything you want to know. For example, you can ask her to set a reminder for you, or tell you a joke. You can also type questions or commands into the Cortana box.
If you want to change the way Cortana works, just click the Settings icon (the cog icon) in the top right corner of the Cortana window. From here, you can change things like whether Cortana listens for your voice commands, or whether she shows results from the web when you’re not connected to the internet.
So that’s how to get started with Cortana. She’s a great help if you’re using Windows 10, and she’s always getting better. So why not give her a try?