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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: All the features and changes coming later this summer

During the Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed a lot of new visual improvements and features coming in the next major update to Windows 10, which the company is branding as "Anniversary Update." While some of the features were unveiled during the initial keynote, many other changes planned for the update were introduced throughout the technical sessions.

Improvements and features users will see in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will significantly enhance the experience across devices and platforms. Microsoft is gearing up to deliver new features on the Start menu, Action Center and Toast Notifications, Cortana, and Microsoft Edge. Also, the software giant will be focusing more on pen support with Windows Ink, and the update will expand to Xbox One, HoloLens, and other products.

Below, you'll find the most important features and changes that customers will see throughout the Anniversary Update development.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Start

Although Microsoft didn't talk about the Start menu during Build 2016, at the technical sessions and through an announcement from the Windows team, we now have a sneak peak on some of the future improvements.

According to the company, the new Start menu is set to reduce clicking and scrolling, and the changes will also expand to the Start screen.

Start menu

In the new Start menu, Microsoft is updating the design to match the rest of the modern design language we see today on the Universal Windows Platform app. In the Anniversary Update, the Start menu will feature a navigation pane with a hamburger button on the top-left corner, and the user profile button has been relocated to the bottom of the pan above the Power and Settings buttons.

Then the "All apps" button and list have been deprecated for a single list view that includes the "Most used" and "All apps" items.

Start screen

On the Start screen (tablet mode and fullscreen mode), the company is planning a similar design with the left navigation pane. However, unlike the regular menu, the Start screen will feature two extra buttons below the hamburger menu button to switch between Live Tiles and the unified app listing with the "Most used" and all your apps.

Chaseable Live Tiles

Also, Live Tiles are getting a little smarter. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Live Tiles will include a new feature, which the company describes as "Chaseable Live Tiles" that allows you to click a story, picture, or content in the preview and open the app on that content, instead of just opening the app. The new addition isn't a significant change, but it will help to deliver a more consistent user experience.

Action Center

In the next major update of Windows 10, Microsoft is focusing on making Action Center more useful than ever before.

There will be a new updated user-interface with adaptive toast notifications to bring more engagement with large images and more content, and there will be widgets with richer information.

Action Center will also depend heavily on the cloud, which means that your notifications will automatically sync across devices, even if you use an Android phone.

To make it all happen, Microsoft is introducing "Notification Mirroring", which will be the feature responsible for syncing your phone notifications across all your devices, even when you don't have the same app installed on the rest of your devices.

The new feature will also allow you do dismiss a notification while triggering a dismiss command to remove the same notification on every device.

"Universal Dismiss" will be part of the update as well, which is similar to "Notification Mirroring." However, this feature will allow you to dismiss the same notifications across devices, but when the same notification is generated from the same app installed on all your devices.

The new notifications improvements will also arrive on Android phones via an updated version of the Cortana app. Microsoft has plans to work and bring the same features to iOS, but the company isn't sharing details at this time.

Furthermore, Microsoft will add a "Get app" button when the an app is available in the Store to view individual notifications, a mute button will let you temporarily stop notifications from coming through, and users will have the option to configure notification priority.

Taskbar

Users can expect some changes in the taskbar as well. In the Anniversary Update, Microsoft is planning to bring notification badges to the taskbar.

The new feature will be available on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, and it'll make it easier for users to see at a glance the notifications available for a particular app through a badge with a counter. However, it'll be up to developers to add the functionality into their apps.

The Action Center button located in the taskbar systray will be updated too. The new button will feature a minimalistic design and it'll feature a badge with a counter as well.

Also, the Action Center button will rotate displaying icons for different apps with their corresponding notifications counter.

It's not a major feature, but it appears that users will also have the choice to show time without date, something that before was only available if you chose to show smaller icons in the taskbar, as you can see in the screenshot above.

Cortana

Cortana will be able to help even before you login into your account. The update will feature a new version of Cortana available on the Lock screen, as an overlay with a blurred background. When enabled, you'll be able to say "Hey Cortana" to use voice commands to perform tasks like to make a note, set reminders, play music, and more while your computer is locked.

With the Anniversary Update, Cortana is set to include richer cards design that closely aligns with the changes coming to Action Center for a more consistent experience.

The assistant will be able to schedule appointments in Outlook, and suggestions are getting updated as well to assist you better with daily events, flights, hotels, and more.

Furthermore, Cortana will be able to understand natural conversations and automatically include additional information into the conversation.

Based on your conversations, Cortana will be capable of sending reminders, such as when you say something like: "Send Mark the Word documents I prepared last week."

We're expecting developers to take advantage of the new tool and integrate Cortana into their apps to allow users to use voice commands to perform certain tasks.

Across platform, the Anniversary Update will bring Action Center notifications to Android devices through the Cortana app, which means that you'll be able to complete certain tasks right from your phone. Another feature coming is the ability to reply text messages from an Android headset using a Windows 10 computer.

Microsoft Edge

While the software giant has already delivered on the promise to bring extension support for Microsoft Edge. There a few new additional features the company has announced during its Build developer conference and in the Microsoft Edge Web Summit.

We're expecting Microsoft to incorporate Windows Hello to bring biometric authentication with enterprise-grade security into the web browser. In other words, on compatible devices, you'll be able to sign-in to websites using your thumbprint or your face.

Microsoft says that it's the "first and only" browser to include native support for biometric authentication.

Another feature coming to Microsoft Edge is web notifications in Action Center, and users will have the ability to customize better the main tab page by a letting user re-arrange top site tiles, and right-click on a website link to save the site for later viewing in Reading mode.

Finally, Microsoft says that it will include a native content translator in Edge, instead of users having to manually install the Translator extension.

Note: The company is also planning to incorporate biometric authentication to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

Windows Ink

If there is one feature that stood out during the Microsoft demo of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was the upcoming pen support improvements, which the company now calls "Windows Ink."

Windows Ink is just a new fancy name the company is using to refer its already existing stylus support. However, the new name comes with a great promise from Microsoft to make pen support the best experience on PC.

As part of the new improvements, the next update of Windows 10 will include the Ink Workspace, which is the central hub to start using your Surface Pen or any other supported pen with features such as sticky notes, Sketchpad, Screen Sketch, and more.

With the Ink Workspace, users will be able to access and write messages on sticky notes, which Cortana can automatically translate and convert into reminders or calendar appointments with a single-click.

The Sketchpad will give you access to a canvas that you can use to sketch anything you want with similar pen features you will find on OneNote or even from Fresh Paint.

Then there is the Screen Sketch, which it's a fascinating feature that will allow you to draw and annotate virtually anywhere on the screen, including on top of pictures, File Explorer, and other parts of the operating system.

Microsoft is also building a digital ruler that will help you to draw lines with more precision. You can use two fingers to move and rotate the ruler, and you can use one finger to move the ruler up or down with locked rotation.

Other features include ink support on apps, such as on Office and Maps. For example, with the upcoming update users will have the option to annotate on a map to get directions and mark points of interest with the pen. In Word, users can easily cross out words, highlight text, and a lot more.

Currently, the Ink Workspace lists the recent apps you've been using with the pen, and there is a list surfacing apps you can download from the Store that includes pen support.

Instead of using a separate app to configure your pen like we've been doing up until now, Microsoft is also adding a new Pen section in the Settings app. In the new section, you'll be able to control the cursor and visual effects, and the actions for the pen button.

Image credit: The Verge

In the same way, Cortana will work on Windows 10 Ink Workspace will be available even when your PC is locked.

Bash on Windows 10

One of the biggest surprises announced for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the addition of the Bash shell to the operating system.

On a new effort to help developers work a little bit easier, Microsoft has decided to partner with Canonical (creators of Ubuntu Linux) to expand the command line capabilities in Windows 10 by adding native Bash support for Linux commands.

This feature is not an emulator or a Linux virtual machine running on top of Windows. Instead, Microsoft has built the feature inside the operating system, an infrastructure the company calls Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

As a result, you'll be able to open the Command Prompt, type Bash, and press Enter to run the Ubuntu user mode natively on Windows. You'll have access to Linux tools, such as grep, awk, sed, and other tools like Git, Ruby, Python, and much more.

Although users will now have the tools to run Linux command natively in Windows, Microsoft says that these are merely sets of tools to help developers to create code that works across platforms. Linux on Windows is not intended to be a server platform. Additionally, neither Bash or Linux tools coming to Windows 10 will be capable of interacting with Windows tools or applications.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also improving the Windows Console to increase rendering performance. Support VT-100 sequences have been added, and the Console has improved to handle High-DPI displays. Changes that the company notes will enhance the user experience on Command Prompt, PowerShell, Bash, Windows Docker, and other command-line utilities.

Other features

Some additional features are also expected to arrive with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including the ability to answer phone calls from your PC, similar to the Apple's Handoff feature.

As part of the Continuum improvement, a new feature will arrive to allow you project your phone's Continuum experience into a Windows 10 PC without the need of having to use a dock or an extra monitor.

Project Centennial is not a feature end-users will be getting, but it's important to note because users will benefit from it. Project Centennial is Microsoft's new porting tool that developers can use to bring their traditional desktop (Win32) and .NET apps to the Windows app platform. This means that in the future you will be able to find and download even more apps from the Windows Store.

Wrapping things up

While Microsoft is focusing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on attracting more developers, the company is also planning to improve many of the features we already have in place, which will further unify the user experience across devices.

The update will be free for customers running the latest version of the operating system, and it'll arrive later this summer.

Keep in mind that while many new features are coming to Windows 10, Microsoft won't be making them available all at once, as we're expecting an update to release in the summer, followed by a second roll out sometime in 2017.

If you're a Windows Insider, you can start testing some of the new features, including the new dark theme and some new tweaks, by updating your computer to Windows 10 build 14316 via the Fast ring of updates.

Also, note that we're only trying to highlight the most significant features coming to Windows 10 Anniversary Update for customers. There are many other features and changes coming to different Microsoft products, including for Xbox One, Skype, HoloLens, and much more.

Which features are you most excited about coming to Windows 10? Tell us in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

151 Comments
  • Windows Is taking over! Android and IOS should beware!... Hololens and windows 10 I'd coming for ya
  • Yes. But Microsoft must beware, for BlackBerry 10 is right around and will take them down...well...that is, for a while, before webOS conquers all.
  • In your honest (unbiased/Factual) opinion after the Anniversary Update how will Windows for Phone stack up against Android, and iOS, as far as feature parity?.... Be accurate, now.
  • Hopefully Windows 10 will come to RT
  • not happening and forget about it. Posted via Universal Windows App on W10
  • LOL yeah he is the right person to ask factual unbiased opinions
  • It is already quite feature complete. Sent from my Windows 10 PC.
  • Calm down.. Not just yet. Boy, you sound like we did back when the first WP7 commercials aired back in 2010. Lol.
    ......
    Just sit back, and let's see how it unfolds.
  • Today was the first day I was ready to quit on Windows Phone. My Lumia 950 is ticking me off that much.
  • I've had that feeling a lot lately, but I calm down, and deal with it. As long as Windows has a phone version of it's OS I'll always tinker with it. ****, why not. This is the damn deal... Before (I mean like WP7.5-WP8.1 days) the OS was so dayum tizight that we could let the app gap slide. I mean, the OS was so freekin on point that we actually didn't even care if it had apps; WP made up for the gap BIG TIME❗❗❗❗❗ LONG STORY SHORT.... Now, the OS is, well,, aiiiiihhhh, and the app situation is,, ugghggghgh.. So, there's nothing to offset the other. Kinda makes you understand why, and how, Android fans were able to put up with that slimly, nasty, puky OS all those years (I admit it's much better now)...... I think that's the problem right now. It's almost that we have nothing.. BUT WAIT!! WE HAVE WINDOWS 10⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽⛽❗❗❗❗ ... So, there's still hope. More hope than BB fans have had in years.. Lol. With that said, since this purported "Surface Phone" might not see the light of day for at the very least 9 months, that gives me a chance to go ahead and get this iDroid device for apps. No more app problems for me, and I still get to have this awesome 1520 to use as my daily frustrator, I mean driver, sorry.. ****. Anyways, HOPEFULLY by the time the Surface Phone Pro XL 2, or 3, comes out we'll be doing much better with apps........
    And, that's the best I can do. That's my long term plan unless Daniel can dig up some more information about MS's plans.. Until then, I suggest you follow in my footsteps☺ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ROJO > ARLINGTON, TX > LUMIA 1520 ≥ 950... WAITING FOR 6.2" SURFACE PHONE
  • Pretty much sums me up as well. Except getting a new idroid. I am taking a break from the new phone market for a while. Just going to sit back and see where it all goes from here.
  • Well, I gotta have just one app. I gotta have it, and there's no workaround, unless I can get blue stacks to work with it on my laptop... Either way, I gotta have an iD device for this one app. http://fuelpak.vanceandhines.com/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ROJO > ARLINGTON, TX > LUMIA 1520 ≥ 950... WAITING FOR 6.2" SURFACE PHONE
  • Haha nice! I see the dilemma. Even if you could get it to run through bluestacks, that is one still better to run natively than through emulation imo.
  • Yeah, and I'm not sure if the BT will work right.. IDK. I'm just gonna get an older device from att.. Preferably an iPhone. At least I can sell, or trade it.. ****, maybe even take it back after I use it.. Lol
  • Omg did t think of this. Bluestacks for windows phone via centennial. Such a great idea. Enables windows users to use Android apps lol
  • Lol. SMDH but, would it work with all hardware features???
  • They killed that project. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Centennial project is not killed, you are confusing different projects here. Bluestacks a win32 app/software.
  • They killed their plan to emulate Android so Windows can run Android apps. Can't remember what they called it.
  • You're thinking of something different. Bluestacks (Bing it) is a windows desktop app available for a few years now that allows you to use Android apps on a windows pc. If project centennial works, we can turn bluestacks into a UWP app and effectively utilize android apps on windows 10 mobile
  • Yeah that sounds so awesome. I mean, I bet the experience will be top-notch. Second to none. C'mon, really? What, aside from maybe a bank app is actually that important? Hell, Chase doesn't have a UWP yet and I'm doing fine.
  • well said. when I did roll back to 8.1, I really felt it was a bit more rigid and solid, although after using 10 for a while, the appearance of 8.1 looks old, but still it was running fluidly. there is more fluidity on windows 10, but still that OS as u said was so tight and on point. the store especially. on windows 10 its sluggish. ~DheeraJ~
  • I am feeling the same at this point. There was a promotion of W7/8 expressing a "beautiful experience" and I am no longer seeing a beautiful experience on W10 mobile. It works for the Surface but lacks on the phone. I went to my local phone store yesterday and spent time using the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S and saw so much that I liked, especially the 3D touch, that I will update to the iPhone 6S as my contract is about to run out. I want to stay WM but so much goodness has been lost, from the Photo Hub to the Music Hub. Every time I open Groove I'm just disappointed and every service I use such as Office365 is available everywhere now. Maybe at the end of 2017 Microsoft will temp me back when the Phones and Software actually offer a beautiful experience again? I will keep my 930 and update on Insider as well. But iPhone 6S it is from next month.
  • Lol! I've been feeling that way forever due to the 950. But after Build and the impending HP Elite x3... I may stick around haha
  • If I had the cash, the Elite would be my next phone.
  • Gonna sell the 950 to help me get the elite
  • if u r using an insider preview then yes u will feel that with more and more updates, it can increase! never install it on ur primary daily use device. I flashed my 640xl back to windows 8.1 because of insider errors and bugs, and then did official update to 10 and everything's fine now. ~DheeraJ~
  • Haha. Yeah, the old WP7 commercials. Now you tell me the truth Rodney. Don't ya just miss it when we were all conquering the smartphone world 5 years ago? Lol Those were some good times. Reality sucks and waiting to see how it unfolds is boring. But, it sure does save a lot of heart ache.
  • Yes! We really did think we were taking over... I always dreamed of the day I would tell the entire world a big fat "I Told All You Pint Heads So!!"" Siiiggghhhh,,, those were the days. I keep my mouth shut now though.. My preaching about "WP" is in retrenchment. Lol ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ROJO > ARLINGTON, TX > LUMIA 1520 ≥ 950... WAITING FOR 6.2" SURFACE PHONE
  • I like the EliteX3, but for me the thing is that without any significant influx of apps it's really not anymore useful than my 1520. Nothing is.. My 1520 is good enough from a hardware standpoint. I'm into the software game now. So, by time the Elite comes out there still won't be an 8.1 quality OS, and it still won't have the apps I need. What's the benefit for me?... Well, a better performing device, and. ****, that's it. That's just not with $600 to me. Probably $700. But, it is a tempting device before put into perspective.
  • I am really interested in that device, but have no illusions that it is anything other than a business device. That doesn't =any more apps for me, but Centennial is sure to help. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's a really bad ass device! It's just that I don't need another device that does the same thing as my 1520. I already have one.. Lol
  • I don't even remember 7.5 commercials... I remember the Verizon commercial about the Lumia icon, I believe... I was like, I got to have Windows phone...
  • "there is a list surfacing apps"    I mean...just sayin... SURFACING? This Inking thing seems like it is the killer app that will blow away the competition in late 2016 early 2017. This recent update showcases lots of new features that we have been asking for but also things that we did not ask for. Stylus support is one of those. They are an afterthought for the most part but have also upped the ante when it comes to smartphones. Some people will only buy Samsung because they have a device that specifically supports a stylus, and a smart one at that. Microsoft has that angle to take the Surface phone to. They also have the dynamic form factor that the current Surface line enjoys and on top of those items, a really smart, currently laggy web browser that supports both of these things.          
  • But, you know what?? Take a guess... At the time the Surface Phone is about to be released there will be on HUGE issue that I most definitely will address. It's something that will have to be there in order for what you are suggesting to happen, well happen....
    Go ahead, take a guess. Be my,,, guest. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ROJO > ARLINGTON, TX > LUMIA 1520 ≥ 950... WAITING FOR 6.2" SURFACE PHONE
  • Oddly I miss single search and click through on searches. Why do I have to search on the map for places I want to scout? I used to click search and go from one spot. Heck not as many of the results are clickable as well. Where is my business summary with hours of operation? Ugh Microsoft really blew it with us small number of users in favor of the smart business target of the duopoly. It is tough sledding.
  • Lol ok
  • Yeah,i guess that's why i'm still waiting for Windows 10 on my 640xl...
  • I would like to see Cortana being able to handle multiple languages for a country.
  • I wish they didn't tie up almost everything with Cortana.
  • I dont. I wish they would make Cortana available to more countries.
  • I'm in the US, and it's flaky at best. Would rather a lot of these things just be built into the OS rather than reliant on Cortana.
  • Have you not seen "Her"? Cortana is the next Windows lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm with you on this. I'm American, and I find all the absurd international fracturing to be ridiculous. Honestly, this stuff is the future and I want everyone to be able to experience it. Not just some people who are lucky enough.
  • There's nothing wrong with Cortana. The service is growing quickly and improving daily. I've seen things that I used to ask for and would fail start working without a Windows update. The backend is constantly evolving, and as more capabilities come to the Cortana system, it's going to become even more valuable. Think about Star Trek where Geordi and Data are trying to solve the mystery of the week by talking to the computer instead of using controls. That's where Cortana is heading with "conversational" UX.
  • I just want Cortana to sound like Cortana from Halo, not the drag queen I currently have. :(
  • Hey Cortana "Are you a drag queen"
    LOL
  • It's Jen Taylor, same VA as Cortana in the game.
  • Finally. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • A bit disappointed they didn't announce new languages support for Cortana. Oh well, maybe next year. :(
  • Build was s developer conference. Maybe on a consumer oriented event, they'll announce that. Maybe. I hope so... :D Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on HP 250 G1 notebook. It is a scary old monster, I think :D
  • Yea, you could be right, but I think they announced something for India and 12 more, oh well those were the new features. Well I hope you're right :) 
  • I hope so too :D I'm waiting so badly for Cortana here in Hungary :D Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on HP 250 G1 notebook. It is a scary old monster, I think :D
  • Even when they do add the language support you still miss out on a lot of features. I'm in Australia but I get a much better experience if I use the US region with US English. Using the Australian English support makes Cortana worse in almost all cases for me. Obviously different if English of some sort isn't your native language, but still pretty disappointing.
  • Yea I know, it sux. But the thing that pisses me the most is that they are adding some Cortana exclusive features like quit hours(or how it's called).
  • Or when you launch Cortana the background is the start screen but blurred
  • Or when you launch Cortana the background is the start screen but blurred
  • Quiet Hours. Yeah, I agree, this should be a core feature of the OS, not a Cortana feature. It's stupid. Of course, it wouldn't be a problem if Cortana was available everywhere!
  • Quiet Hours. :)
  • It was cool watching the Build stream as all this was being announced, but its nice to see all the information a week later to see what you may have missed. After reading this I'm even more excited this appears to be an awesome upgrade!
  • Awesome article. I'm really excited about this update. Windows Central for Windows 10-Microsoft Lumia 640
  • So when exactly is the anniversary release? August 29, 2016?? Any ideas??
  • It's funny how someone always ask these questions, like anyone outside of MS has an idea... I doubt if even MS has a solid launch date. It's four months out. The best answer you're gonna get is late August, if we're lucky. But, that's still only my guess.. Might as well guess on your own, like the rest of us.
  • well maybe someone was smart enough to ask around in the build conference or everyone is just hush.
  • August 29, 2016 at 2:56:08 PDT. It will only be available at that exact time. If you miss it, then it will be gone forever and you will never be able to download it again.
  • you got it wrong mate, have you been reading the Verge? That's the time of the release of Windows XP Service Pack 4 
  • I heard they're going to release Longhorn...
  • They did already during the Looney Tunes release.. it think ot started with Foghorn
  • "All the new features and all the changes...". And all the new bugs. Happy Anniversary!
  • What are you talking about? The update isn't out yet :D Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on HP 250 G1 notebook. It is a scary old monster, I think :D
  • I was making a prediction.   Thanks for the downvotes, everyone! Y'all are a tough crowd to please. :p
  • No I see what you mean... That OneCore might have some problems
  • Considering how Windows 10 mobile is the buggiest OS in existance. I agree! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nah, it's not. Sent from my Windows 10 PC.
  • What about iOS 8.x?
  • Hope I'll be able to open a response to a comment on the Windows Central app. For some reason you guys took it off the notification emails. Which means I rarely reply to others' replies to my article comments. Shame, was a great feature.
  • I'm excited for the notification badges. I never seem to can tell I have notifications on my surface.
  • I use the Notifications Centre.
  • Oh for the love of doG!!!  When will swipe/gesture navigation for touch be put in Edge?????
  • It's there in the new rs builds, with the mouse gestures extension, if I'm right. Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on HP 250 G1 notebook. It is a scary old monster, I think :D
  • It should never have been taken out in the first place!
  • Am I reading this correctly,  I can just beam continuum to my surface 3?
  • If you have a Continuum-enabled phone, yes.
  • Ok,  thats offically pretty cool.  Now,  that being said, Everything on my phone pretty well sync's with my S3 now anyways,  but still.  The option will be there.  I will have a continuum enabled phone very soon. 
  • Seems like it!  I'm guessing that you either connect to a given Windows 10 PC wirelessly or possibly through a usb cable, and it opens the Continuum setup into a new window. You use the host PC's keyboard and mouse. The technology has some interesting use-cases; eg a locked-down Windows 10 environment that people can open Continuum inside, thus seeing their own content and customisations.
  • Like project my screen but with keyboard support
  • The way it works is... You open Connect, and using the "Connect To..." function on the phone, you select your PC running the Connect app as though it were a Miracast target. Unfortunately, it doesn't work using non-Continuum phones as a simple Miracast target so I can't try it with my 640. If it did, I'd show you!
  • Hopefully it will be 2-way, so that one can use mouse and keyboard on computer to use apps on phone :)
  • Well, the video (https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2016/T601) looks like computer inputs can be used. Also it seems that Miracast-serving PC must have wlan, so no "beaming" to desktop :p
  • Android this Android that. Is it just me or is windows forgetting something
  • Left the toilet seat up again!
  • Yh they are forgetting already dominate majority of the market share and they have also forgot that android is not their friend. Still they are still trying to help them. Android (Google) can't even make YouTube app for the Window Store so I don't see why Microsoft should help or do anything for them.
  • Microsoft software is ubiquitous so all users, whether Android, Apple or Windows, can gain access to their work, documents and files etc. If Google want to be silly and not understand the above principle then it's their loss. As for YouTube official apps, no thank you. The 3rd party apps in the Store are far better.
  • And, some users may not get it till the 2nd rollout in 2017. "Soon", again. ;-)
  • Quiet hours when busy in calendar?
  • The Chaseable Tile is great, it is a small thing, but being able to grow straight to an article that shows on the Flipboard live tile would be nice. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Any word on the fullscreen feature for Edge?
  • Stardate 48213.3
  • Still thinking to upgrade my Lenovo u410 to w10... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Do it. It's good.
  • I hate the circles and the blurred glass. what is this, iOS?
  • I love the blurred glass effect!
  • What the heck are you even talking about?
  • Any idea the feature like Lumia Beamer will be reimplemented?
    Apart from Continuum.
  • Chaseable tiles is a major thing, it's how they should have worked from day one .
  • All very promising! Missing great news on OneDrive improvements.
  • SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL MICROSOFT TO REMOVE THAT GREY THEME!! ADD BACK THAT CLEAR BLACK DISPLAY!!!!!! THATS MUCH NEEDED!
  • All of that seems cool!
  • Altough I'd like to have Notification Mirroring on Android devices without having to install the Cortana app.
  • What are the odds that notifications and replying to text will work 100 times better on Android than with Windows mobile? I'd say it's certain.
  • I'd say its not possible. Sent from my Windows 10 PC.
  • Nice updates :) I would like to see notification LED on Lumia 735. What happened to that mini project"
  • I need all this for my Surface Pro 2. Microsoft is implementing some nice improvements this year. One picture at a time -- LG V10
  • What ever happened to OneDrive placeholders?
  • I think they are in Software Heaven.......along with Metro, Hubs and other goodies!
  • I remember the time, I used my pc to attend phone calls using nokia care suite. The connection was over bluetooth or usb it was a long time ago.
  • I had one built in to my dell pc via Bluetooth
  • The most exciting features for me would be biometric authentication integrated into web browser and bash support.
  • dont be so excited for biometric auth in websites. those sites have to tailor their experiences, and that experience will work only on edge. so adoption might be close to nothing.
  • is OneDrive Fix? I meen is placeholder back? OneDrive is kind of useless on PC with small HD....
  • I don't think so... That's another reason I did dual OS.
  • Lot of great stuff coming soon!
  • I'd like to see MS fix the existing bugs rather than add new features and create more space for new problems.
  • or they should do both. fix existing bugs and add more functionality where we could understand small problems which could be fixed along the way since they bragged about windows being updated continuously. lets push them. they are the software king. its time to earn this name again. everyone can write some fancy softwares, with nice functionality, but full of bugs.
  • I thought i would also read about universal Cortana that doesn't need anyone to change his/her region!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • In all of this feature rich coming to the anniversary update window phone was not mentioned, does this mean window 10 mobile wont get these update and perhaps are we going to see the aero glassed effect on the action centre, someone pls tell me @Daniel rubino Sent from windows 10 mobile
  • Windows 10 is the same as Windows 10 Mobile, people are still stuck with the old idea that they are seperate. What happens on one will almost certainly happen on the other. Aside from the features aimed solely at desktop PC, the features will come to Mobile.
  • Meh, my lumia 920 wont getting anniversary.
  • I hate to break it but project centennial is not going to let you run win32 apps on your phone. It's about putting them on the store and using the sandbox and UWP features.
  • When is the windows 10 update for windows 10
  • total copy of Gnome 3 desktop - pathetic...
  • i disagree on one of your statements. ALL these features announced for "Anniversary Update" SHOULD be present in that said update. unless ms explicitly stated otherwise, on a specific feature. lets stop making excuses for the lazy ms. if you announce a feature for an upcoming update, that feature MUST be included in that update. no excuse. otherwise you should have stated that that particular feature will come in the future, not in a specific update. period. so you ms said whatever toast functionality is coming in anniversary update, then thats where it should be included. not in redstone 2 or somewhere in between.
  • "Coming later this summer." So we should expect it by January 2018 then? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I mean, you do realize a lot of this stuff came yesterday in the Insider release? You cannot still be honestly touting this line when all we do is get OS updates these days.
  • Excellent stuff! Can't wait, no complains here. Win 10 Mobile works flawlessly on my 640 (ok, some quirks, but give me any Android or iOS device and I will find similar bugs), some wishes but nothing major, and especially the uniformity between phone and desktop is great. And will be much, much better still.
  • Will I finally be able to use Cortana again to play music? It never worked for me on my Lumia 950. I had no issues using that feature on 8.1.
  • Excellent and useful improvements! Tops for me are, screen sketch, file launch from tiles, and cross-device notifications dismissal. Win 10 and Office 2016 have improved my small company's productivity enormously, as will these updates. Enterprise users will be blown away by it all when their techs finally upgrade them from 7.
  • I really hope they fix the phone, messaging app on Windows 10 pc.
  • Will it let me dismiss and clear notifications from my band in sync?
  • Let me know when it is here. Umm so many times fetures are held back. This summer ill drop preview program. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It is the dominated OS for desktops, and if they play it just right, merging other such Phones, Game Console and so on, then ............. oh yea, they will have it all. Sure, the others will not disappear from the market, but they will be used within certain situations, not to forget that not all of use know how to use different phone brands and OS, but i do believe the most of us are very well with how to operate Windows OS.
  • Update is a major change sound pretty awesome hoping the start button will be clear and easy to use as stated. Otherwise there will be complaints
  • The Anniversary Update is interesting but the Start Menu changes have to go. What did the vast majority of consumers dislike about Windows 8? The start menu.. What are they doing with the Anniversary update? Making it look more like Windows 8... Definition of insanity... I dont mind the current setup other than the placement of All Programs feels odd. Feels like it should be at the top of the system menu options. Not down near the system shut down functions.
  • I'll be honest. Now that they're well on the way to what I was talking about over a year ago... I couldn't be happier. Windows 10 is becomming the OS I knew it could be! ^.^
  • Honestly... I'm disappointed that 14316 didn't have more of these things in it, especially considering how flaky it is.
  • And when cortana in spanish?
  • Hello everybody! Let´s take a look in this tutorial to learn how to download youtube videos in Windows 10 Mobile and save in your sd card, without use any software. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DCLLr7COjU
  • Thank you for compiling everything together. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Im kinda exited over the Build chatbot cortana things, and the Apple continuity like features, texting and answering calls on the computer.... But its still so so bad that cortana is limioted to so few languages still. Siri is available in so much more languages now, wexcept on the Apple TV 4... I like the revamped notification centre too!
  • This Windows 10 Anniversary Update is looking good, I would love to see these improvements on my PC. Shame about the Phone Notifications being routed to PC via Cortana, since I have an Android phone I really don't want to use the Cortana Software on my Note 5. I really prefer Google Now and the Now on Tap that is a lot more useful to me than Cortana will ever be, as Cortana relies on Bing to do useful things.
  • "Across platform, the Anniversary Update will bring Action Center notifications to Android devices through the Cortana app, which means that you'll be able to complete certain tasks right from your phone. Another feature coming is the ability to reply text messages from an Android headset using a Windows 10 computer." Does this mean it will be possible to receive notifications from Windows 10 smartphone on smartwatches with full android (and Cortana app installed)? I'm thinking about the Haier smartwatch or Chinese smartwatches like No.1 D5 running full android and Google Play store (so should be able to install Cortana app on smartwatch?). Did somebody try this with insider preview?