Major Windows 10 Summer Update brings new experiences – Anniversary Update

 

Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming to PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and IOT.

Today, Microsoft announced that it will be releasing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, for free, to all Windows 10 customers in its #Build2016 KeyNote.

Key innovations and new features include:

 

Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge

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Windows Hello enables you to easily sign into your device with enterprise-grade security. Yet, studies show over 80% of people use the same password across multiple web sites, managing around 20-30 different accounts requiring passwords. So with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we’ve made it possible for you to use the same easy, yet strong, security of Windows Hello* with Windows apps and Microsoft Edge, the first and only browser to natively support biometrics, with supporting sites.

 

Cortana, Now More Helpful than Ever, with over 1,000 apps

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In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Cortana has learned how to proactively make suggestions for you through-out your day, like offering to buy you lunch or arrange transportation. Cortana will be available above the lock screen, giving you quicker access to your personal assistant for common tasks across all types of devices without unlocking your PC. And only Cortana works across your devices – you can complete certain notification-based tasks on your Windows or Android phone, such as receiving and sending text messages, on your PC.

 

Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen

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Windows Ink is an all-new experience, putting the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office. And today, we demonstrated how developers can incorporate Windows Ink into their apps with as little as 2 lines of code!

 

Universal Windows Platform apps come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store and every Xbox One can become a dev kit

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On Windows 10, we’re continuing to deliver on top fan-requested features like support for multiple GPUs and the ability to turn off v-sync. Game developers have access to a fully open ecosystem with the Universal Windows Platform, making it easy to bring the games people love to both Xbox One and other Windows 10 devices. With the Anniversary Update, any Xbox One can be a developer kit with Xbox Dev Mode, enabling anyone to develop for the living room. And, the Windows Store will offer a unified store experience for all developers, creating new opportunities to reach millions of new customers.

 

DirectX 12 games on Windows 10 – Unlock the full potential of your PC’s graphics hardware with DirectX 12

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For developers

There were also several announcements made which were designed for different types of developers:

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Web developers have had great success with Windows 10 Hosted Web Apps, driving greater engagement and high store reviews, including American Express, BBC Sport, Yahoo Mail, zulily, and many, many more. But they consistently had one ask before they could make Windows 10 their primary development environment – and today, we responded, sharing that you’ll be able to run native bash on Windows.

 

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Win32 and .Net developers have been seeking to extend their applications with Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and distribute their apps in the Windows Store. Today, we shared our new desktop app converter for Project Centennial, which will enable them to do just that.

 

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.Net developers have been seeking a way to share more of their code across platforms. Xamarin will help make that possible!
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Visual Studio Update 2, and a preview of the Windows Anniversary SDK.

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