Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary update

Microsoft have recently released the first major update to their Windows 10 PC platform

Appropriately this release, following on a year after the public launch of Windows 10, has been called the ‘Anniversary Edition’ or, in technical terms, version 1607.

Although it retains the overall look and feel of Windows 10 the Start menu has been visibly changed. In particular, important features such as File Explorer, Settings and Power are now readily available at the left hand side of the Start menu. Personally I find this to be a very welcome improvement and end users should find it far more logical to locate, and launch, these items.

Within the scope of this blog it would be impossible to cover all of the improvements that Microsoft have added to this latest release of its PC operating system.

Some of the changes

  • Cortana – can now be used whilst the PC is still locked
  • Windows Store – major improvements to the look and display functionality
  • Microsoft Edge – Extensions can now be added to enhance your web browsing experience
  • Action Centre – relocated to the far right of the taskbar so that new notifications are easy to spot
  • Windows Defender – has been improved with additional ability to control scanning and notifications
  • Windows Ink – of particular value to users of tablet tablets to allow them jot down notes and draw sketches

For a more technical overview of the new and updated features in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition click here

Being a major upgrade the Anniversary Update is physically large in size (around 3.5GB) so downloading and installing it can take quite some time, dependant on your network and PC system specifications.

Is it worth me upgrading my current Windows 10 desktop?

For home users the Anniversary Edition brings many improvements to the original release of Windows 10 and it is certainly worth running the upgrade. However Corporate users should check and seek the permission of the relevant IT manager before attempting to upgrade their desktop systems.