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Windows 10 Anniversary Update unveiled at Microsoft BUILD 2016

by Brandon Russell | March 30, 2016March 30, 2016 9:20 am PST

Microsoft on Wednesday shared details about an Anniversary Update coming to Windows 10, which the company said will be available for free to all Windows 10 customers (all 270+ million of them) this summer. What’s it all about?

According to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, the update is focused on making personal computing “come to life.” That means making your device much more personal and tailored specifically to you. The first step is beefing up Microsoft Edge; Myerson said the browser will support Windows Hello for websites, allowing users to log into websites with their face. That’s just one example.

The Anniversary Update is coming to Xbox One as well. It will turn any Xbox One into a developer unit, and bring Windows 10 apps to the console.

However, it’s not just about making the experience more personal. Microsoft also talked about something called Windows Ink, putting focus on the Surface Pro’s pen. It’s essentially your central hub for all your pen-related apps.

In an app like notes, it will recognize places and times to set reminders. In Maps, you can draw a link between two dots and it’ll instantly give you directions. Even cooler, you can scribble on a mountain and it’ll find you a hiking route. In Word, you can highlight text, dismiss text—things that have already been available, but it looks much more natural now.

Everything is built in Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform, which means anything that developers design will be available across all of your Windows devices. Windows 10 came on out July 29, so we can probably expect the update to be available then. Of course, if you’re part of the Windows Insider program, you can get your hands on these new features much sooner.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.