Windows 10's second big update, named the "Anniversary Update", is here and it is a huge update that effects almost every aspect of the operating system.
The system will show it as update 1607. If you don't have it installed yet, just check for new updates by navigating to Windows 10 Settings > Updates & Security. You can also install it manually from Microsoft's website.
Here are just a few of the new features and improvements:
Cortana Becomes a Whole lot Smarter
This is probably the biggest part of the update, as Microsoft tries to compete with all the competition out there (Siri, Google Now, Alexa, etc...). Now it is availablein the Windows lock screen so you can use it anytime. ANd now Cortana can push stuff to and from your mobile device.
And it can now even parse stuff that it thinks you may need like a documents you worked on late last nght and a place you visited yesterday. It can make proactive suggestions to you like flight details, calendar events and so on.
Another neat thing is Cortana can integrate with the Cortana app running on Android!
More Desktop Apps and Games Come to the Windows Store
Regular desktop apps are now coming to the Windows store. Developers can easily convert an application to the propper format to sell in the store. They promise more games as well in the store and will soon support bundles and season passes in the Windows store.
Windows 10 Gets a Dark Theme (and More Theme Options)
When Windows 10 was released, it included a hidden dark theme you could enable by changing a registry setting or by pressing a secret keyboard shortcut in the Store app. You could also change your theme in the Edge browser–but just for Edge. This theme was incomplete. With the Anniversary Update, you can now choose between light and dark modes in Settings > Personalization > Colors. Its designed for Windows Store apps, but not every app will listen to this setting and obey it–some apps, especially those from third-party developers, control their own theme settings.
There’s also now a separate “Show color on title bar” option, allowing you to only apply your color of choice to the window titlebars and continue using a black Start menu, taskbar, and action center.
Windows Hello Brings Fingerprint Authentication to Apps and Websites
Fingerprint sensors have been a huge convenience on phones and tablets, and Windows currently supports it for logging into your laptop too via Windows Hello–provided it has the necessary hardware. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Hello will support Windows apps and Microsoft Edge, so you can securely log into apps and web sites using your fingerprint as well–not just Windows itself.
Windows Ink Improves Digital Drawing and Annotation in Lots of Apps
Touch screen laptops are more useful than they seem, and Microsoft is pushing that forward even more with Windows Ink: the ability to draw and annotate with a pen in all kinds of useful ways. For example, you can jot down notes in the Sticky Notes app, which on its own is mildly convenient. But Windows 10 is smart enough to recognize words like “tomorrow”, turn them into links that Cortana can use to set reminders or perform other tasks. This works with other words too, including places that Bing can point to on a map.
Windows Ink is built into plenty of other apps, too, like Maps (which lets you measure distances between two points by drawing a line) and Microsoft Office (which lets you highlight text with your pen or delete words by striking them out). And, of course, it’s built for artists as well, which can use a pen for digital drawing in plenty of different apps. There’s a virtual ruler complete with a compass to help you draw straight lines at the correct angles.
A new “Ink Workspace” also arrives in Windows 10. Press a button on your pen–if your pen has a button–and you’ll see a list of apps that support ink input so you can quickly start writing or drawing without fumbling through desktop windows. You can also click or tap the pen button that will automatically appear in your taskbar’s notification area. If you don’t have pen paired with your device, you can right-click the taskbar and select “Show Windows Ink Workspace” to enable it manually. More Windows 10 apps will gain inking support, too.
The Pen settings page at Settings > Devices > Pen now allows you to choose what happens when you press the button on the pen–for example, you could open the OneNote app directly. You can also choose to ignore touch input on the screen while using the pen, ensuring you don’t accidentally tap anything while drawing.
There is so many more update. Check them all out here.