The 10 Best Features Coming to Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft's Free Anniversary Update, arriving on August 2 for Windows 10, includes some highly requested features, along with some minor additions.

In a few days, Microsoft will celebrate the first birthday of its Windows 10. It has been quite a busy year which has seen several Windows 10 updates with new features and improvements. However, the biggest one is arriving on August 2. This will include some highly requested features, along with some minor additions. The Verge reported that they have been testing Windows 10 Anniversary Update for quite a few months and now, they have witnessed its progress to a point where it is ready for the masses. Given below are the 10 best features arriving for Windows 10.
 
 Windows Ink
 
 Windows Ink is undoubtedly the best part of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It helps in improving things a lot, and it is essentially a central location which is required to find built-in or third party apps that work with your stylus. You will also be able to use the new sticky notes to note down the reminders, and it will transform into true reminders as Cortana understands what you write.
 
The new sketchpad is quite useful if you simply need to draw a guide to something for friends and family or just want to doodle. The all-new virtual ruler seems like an obvious addition and it’s really hard to imagine inking without it. You can use this virtual ruler to draw shapes or just a straight line, and it's a perfect blend of touch and stylus input. The screen sketch feature is quite useful too, as it automatically takes a screen grab allowing you to ink all over and also share it.
  
Microsoft Edge extensions
  
If you enjoy Chrome extension, then you will be quite glad to know that Microsoft is heading towards Edge browser. The Anniversary update will bring extensions and it's now up to the third-party developers to fill the Windows Store with their add-ons. They are quite similar to the Chrome extensions and some, like AdBlock, 1Password, LastPass, and EverNote are already available.
 
 Microsoft has also added web notifications for Edge, allowing websites to push notifications to Windows 10 Action Center. You can right-click on the back button for pinning a tab in place and for viewing history. With Edge, Microsoft is improving its battery life, and the company claims that it is 70% better than some competitors. In general, Edge still has some odd rendering which makes it feel unfinished. However, Microsoft is getting quite close to providing a browser on Windows which would convince several people to switch from Chrome to Edge.
  
Cortana improvements
  
Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant was launched in Windows 10 last year, and the company is bringing it to the lock screen with the Anniversary Update. You will now be able to ask Cortana to make a note, play music, set a  reminder, and many more without having to log in. Cortana is also getting a bit more intelligent, and it will come with the ability to schedule the appointments in Outlook, or send friends a document which you have been working on for quite some time.
  
Dark theme and UI tweaks
  
Microsoft has completed the Windows 10 UI last year, however, it’s looking a bit more polished now. Most laptop displays and monitors come with black bezels and the continued use of the dark mode across the OS just bleeds naturally into the corners. You can now switch to an even darker mode in settings, and it will switch built-in apps that use white backgrounds over to black.
  
Microsoft has also tweaked the Windows 10 UI in numerous ways rather than just a dark theme. The all app list is now an integral part of the Start menu and Live Tiles and now chase-able. This means if you are able to see something like a news story on Live Tile, you can directly go to that particular news item when you simply click on the Tiles, opening the homepage of an app.
  
The Action Center (notification center) has also been improved, with badge icons in the task bar, which correspond to the number of outstanding notifications. You will also be able to recognize the number of quick actions in the Action Center, with 14 available to choose from, in order to gain easy access to settings, such as VPN, tablet mode, quiet hours, Wi-Fi, and more. The software giant has also gone on to improve the system clock in Windows by adding a calendar with a complete list of your events.
  
However, if you are a fan of tablet mode, then you can go on to choose to automatically hide the task bar, when you are using the tablet. This would allow the app to take complete advantage of the screen, just the way they did in Windows 8. Along with this, Microsoft is also improving the all apps view on the Start screen so that it is a full screen and easier to navigate.
 
 Set your time zone automatically
 
The Windows 10 Anniversary update brings automatic time zone switching. If you are travelling abroad, you no longer have to worry about manually adjusting your PC clock. It might sound like quite a minor feature, but it will add a big difference. Microsoft has yet not enabled the automatic time zone switching by default, hence you will need to enable it from the settings app.
  
Windows Hello for apps and websites
  
Windows Hello is among the best features which Microsoft has added to Windows 10. It uses a special camera, usually the one found on the latest PCs and laptops, in order to scan your face, allowing you to log into Windows without needing to use the password. It will go on to improve with the Anniversary Update with integration into apps and websites.
 
You will not need a password for websites if you have a new PC which supports Windows Hello. All you need to do is sit, allow it to scan your face or fingerprint and you are in, ready to start.
  
Windows 10 apps on Xbox One
 
The Xbox One is now finally getting Windows apps with the Anniversary Update. As the Xbox is now powered by Windows 10, Microsoft will soon start to roll out updates to console in order to provide support for Cortana aon Xbox and the new universal apps.
  
Bash in Windows
  
Last year, Microsoft has gone on to surprise the developer world when it unveiled bash for Windows. The company is essentially adding Linux command line to Windows 10 and it is actually a great addition for Linux developers who needs access to all their tools on Windows. It is however, an optional Windows feature, which you will be required to enable, but once it is set up, you will go on to receive updates if Microsoft goes tweaks it in the future. This might also go on to convince some developers to create apps for Microsoft’s platform.
  
Project to PC
  
Microsoft is adding a new "project to PC" option in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This is quite similar to remote desktop, but it will go on to allow you to easily find a PC to project it from the phone or another PC. You will also be able to project what you see on your own display onto another machine, and also use its keyboards, mouse and other peripherals. This seems like a feature which is mainly suited to business environments, especially if you want to show a colleague a document but you do not want to share the content directly with them.
  
New Skype App
  
It seems that Windows 10 has several Skype apps, and it is quite difficult to know which one to choose. While there is a desk app, and integration into the Messaging app in Windows 10, Microsoft has gone on to create a new universal app, which is designed to be the future of Skype on Windows 10. It is not complete yet; however it works quite well for your basic Skype video and audio calls. It goes on to launch instantly and you will get notifications for messages and calls straight from within Windows 10, whether you have it open or not.
 
Sync your phone notifications to your PC
  
In addition to Windows Ink, syncing phone notifications to your PC is among the best feature of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. If you have a Windows 10 or Android phone then you will automatically be able to use Cortana to sync notifications from all your phone apps up to your PC. You will also be able to reply to messages, dismiss notifications and quickly send photos from the phone to a PC.
  
Windows 10 Anniversary update is quite impressive. Microsoft has managed to update Windows 10 with solid new features and they have made several new fundamental improvements so as to better support multiple monitors and DPI scaling, improving battery life and making Windows faster than before.
  
However, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 is yet not complete. More features, changes and improvements will be coming this year.