Microsoft at its Build 2016 conference announced Windows 10 Anniversary Update as the next major upgrade for its latest operating system. The new update will bring Windows Ink experience to enhance the usability of a stylus on Windows 10 platform.
Windows 10 is already touted as the “fastest growing” Windows platform but is now claimed to be available on more than 270 million devices worldwide. This is far bigger than its initial presence on over 200 million devices. Also, it surpasses Windows 7 in the same timeframe by whopping 145 percent.
To continue its expansion, Microsoft is now preparing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This new update will be available for free to all existing Windows 10 users.
Windows Ink experience
The first and the major change that the new Windows 10 update will bring to your PC or notebook is the addition of Windows Ink. This new experience allows you to write on your device just as “you do on your paper”. It gives you an easy way to create some sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and share with your friends and family.
“More than 70 percent of us spend more than one hour a day using a pen,” says Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices group, Microsoft. “We lose notes in our notebooks, take pictures of whiteboards, and can’t do equations or music composition with a keyboard. Windows Ink is an all-new experience, putting the power of Windows in the tip of your pen.”
Microsoft is set to integrate the new experience into its core apps, including Maps, Edge and Office. Additionally, the Redmond giant is providing extensive support to developers to let them incorporate the latest development right into their apps.
Upgraded Windows Hello and Cortana integration
Apart from Windows Ink, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings Windows Hello biometric security feature to apps and Microsoft Edge.
The update also upgrades the existing Cortana integration by starts giving you suggestions throughout your day. You can additionally use Cortana right from the lock screen to listen to your favourite music tracks.
Coming this summer
Microsoft hasn’t revealed any exact schedule for the rollout of the new Windows 10 update. However, Myerson suggests that it would reach your device sometime this summer.