The five reasons why you need the Windows 10 Anniversary update

Microsoft had announced that it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary update for free on the 2nd August. The latest version of Windows 10, has been installed on more than 350 million devices since it was released summer last year, will feature an increase in security, better note-taking capabilities, enhanced power efficiency and improvements have been made to Cortana the digital assistant.

Here are the five reasons why you need the new update:

  1. Windows Ink

This new update will allow people to write on their devices just as easily as if they haven writing on paper. The ink works with Microsoft office and maps as well as the internet browser, Edge. This means you will be able to write your own notes on documents, your travel plans and web pages.

There are billions of post it notes that are sold each year and 70% or more of people will spend about an hour a day using a pen. So being able to use your finger or a Microsoft surface pen to write directly onto the screen will save time and will increase productively

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2. Windows Hello

Trying to remember passwords or writing them down those days are over. Windows Hello, will allow people to log in to their PC or surface just by looking at their devices camera or just using their finger print. Microsoft has now announced that Hello will work with certain third-party websites.

By using Microsoft Edge, the users of these and many more websites, you will be able to choose to log in using Windows Hello instead of typing in your password. You can use your face or finger print which can ensure you are who you are claiming to be online. By utilising infrared technology to recognise you in a variety of lighting conditions. This is so you can be more secure when entering a password, which is at the risk of being stolen and could be used by a third-party.

3. Increased Security

The Windows 10 Anniversary update offers the users and increase in security. Windows Defender, the anti-malware software has been improved so that it can offer the option to automatically schedule quick scans of your computer. There are many notifications and summaries for when those scans are completed and they will alert the user of any threats.

The Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection detects, can investigate and respond to the malicious attacks, it is also backed up by the worlds largest array of hack sensors and of course by the security experts at Microsoft. Although meanwhile, the Windows Information Protection defends businesses from an accidental data leak by separating the personal and company data.

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4. Cortana

This is Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, who can now remember the information so that you can use it at a later date across multiple devices. You can ask her a question on your PC and she can answer it later for you on your surface for example. Cortana, will now appear on your lock screen. That way you can interact with her much easier.

 She will be able to help you find applications on your PC, you can manage your calendars, be able to track your packages, find your missing files, she can also tell you jokes and have a chat with you. You will find that the more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be.

Soon, Cortana will be arriving onto Xbox One surrounded by new changes to the console. Cortana will be able to help people find new games to play or download, be able to interact with friends or even turn on the console by simply having the user saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On.” This is if the user is using the Kinect.

5. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has revealed power-saving improvements to the internet browser, Microsoft Edge, so that it will consume less of the memory and it has minimised the impact of the background activity and the peripheral content such as flash adverts. The Microsoft Edge extensions, like Pinterest’s pin it button, the Amazon assistant and others will also be available in the Windows store.

There is a new accessibility architecture for Microsoft Edge that will also support modern web standards which includes; HTML5, CSS3 and ARIA. This update will expose the page structure and content more clearly with assistive technologies.

All the visual presentation of the web pages in high contrast mode which provides additional visual context as well as preserving the text contrast. Also the entry form when using the keyboard navigation and screen readers will improve the browsing experience for people with all different abilities.