According to Windows, more than 350 million devices are now running Windows 10, and better yet “customer satisfaction is higher than any previous version of Windows and customer engagement is incredible with more than 135 billion hours of use on Windows 10 since launch.” Recently, Windows launched an Anniversary Update for the program for free for existing users for a limited time. The update included several upgrades, from introducing Windows Ink to seriously bulking up Cortana’s abilities.
Explore some of the biggest highlights from the most recent Windows update:
Web Notifications and Edge
According to howtogeek.com, “Microsoft is also adding support for web notifications. When you visit a website, it can ask you to allow notifications. That website can then deliver notifications to you and they’ll appear in your Action Center–all without you installing an app. This feature is already enabled, and works in Skype for Web. Click the notification and you’ll be taken directly to the website that displayed it.
If you have a touch screen, you’ll be happy to hear that a useful feature from Windows 8’s “Metro” version of Internet Explorer has now returned to Edge. Edge now allows you to swipe to navigate. Swipe anywhere left or right on a page to go back or forward. It’s more convenient than tapping those small “Back” and “Forward” buttons with your finger.
Microsoft has also done a lot of work on the Edge engine. Microsoft promises various battery life and performance improvements in Edge.”
Introducing Windows Ink
“Windows Ink, available for the first time in the Anniversary Update, brings the writing you do every day into your digital world. Now, using a Windows 10 device, graphic designers can be more creative, musicians can write digital music, lawyers can edit documents with the power of the pen, and students can do mathematical equations and learn
- Quickly and easily take a note, sketch on a screenshot, or draw an idea.
- Smart Sticky Notes help you remember common tasks like reminding you of flight times or offering directions using Maps.
- Key apps have new ink-specific features, like using handwriting in Office, ink annotations in Microsoft Edge or drawing custom routes in Maps” via https://blogs.windows.com.
Cortana Becomes Advanced
PC World outlines Cortana’s latest upgrades:
“Cortana’s receiving a barrage of beneficial upgrades, too, becoming more proactive and powerful as Microsoft grants her greater access to the Office, Outlook, and Calendar apps. That sort of contextual awareness will let you use commands like “Send Chuck the PowerPoint that I worked on last night” or “What toy store did I visit during last years’ Build conference?” and Cortana will actually understand what you mean. You can see that enhanced awareness in Cortana’s coupon suggestions in Edge, too. Cortana can also sniff out flight times and other crucial data in your correspondence in order to create reminders, or allow you to create custom reminders for random facts you need to pull up at any time, like “What was my hotel room number again?”
Cortana’s also accessible from the lockscreen now, letting you see your schedule at a glance (or add to it with a voice command). Developers will also be able to bake Cortana into third-party apps. But there is some potentially bad news: In the Anniversary Update, you’ll no longer be able to disable Cortana completely” (www.pcworld.com).
Increased Security Measures
Looking for additional security measures? Windows 10 has you covered.
As digitaltrends.com outlines, “… Anniversary Update will also make changes to Windows Defender, the free anti-malware service built into Windows 10. The update will provide new summaries and notifications when scans are complete and threats were discovered. There will also be a new option to schedule a quick scan of the Windows 10 device whenever the user chooses to keep the system in check and bug-free.
On the enterprise front, Anniversary Update will add the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service for detecting, investigating, and responding to malicious attacks on networks. Windows Information Protection will be added in the update too, a service that will separate personal data from business data no matter where the Windows 10 device goes.”