Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming Soon

By Joshua Osborne

Director of Client Services - Microsoft, NPI

July 21, 2016

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Microsoft is scheduled to release its next major update to Windows 10 – dubbed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – on August 2nd (side note: Happy 2nd birthday, W10). There are an estimated 350 million Windows 10 users worldwide. So, whether you are using it as a personal consumer, an enterprise or both, this update will have a broad impact.

Here are a few highlights:

Most notably, there will be updates to security features like Windows ‘Hello’ for apps and websites and Windows Defender. Enterprise customers will receive two new security features: Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) and Windows Information Protection, known formerly as enterprise data protection. Windows Information Protection will help separate personal and business organizational data and provide more powerful protection of corporate data, wherever it may go.

Windows Ink is a nice notable, if you are pen user, which can help a user in various capacities such as note taking, stickies and working with key apps. There will also be several nice feature updates with Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Without getting too detailed here, suffice it to say that users of one or both will enjoy the additional access and features that will add to the usability and organization.

Windows 10 continues to be one of Microsoft’s more recent (and impressive) successes, and the vendor’s commitment to delivering robust feature updates bears this out. While there continue to be some challenges (like turning certain feature updates off or on), customer responses have skewed towards positive. That’s good news for Microsoft and for the enterprises that have gotten on board with Microsoft’s transformation over the last several years.

You can read more about the update on Microsoft’s blog.