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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the Best New Features (theverge.com) 375

A year after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is gearing up for Anniversary Update, the first major update to the company's desktop operating system. Ahead of the public release of Anniversary Update on August 2, Microsoft provided media outlets with the Anniversary Update, and their first impressions and reviews are out. The Verge has listed the big changes Windows 10 Anniversary ships with. From the article: Windows Ink: Windows Ink is without a doubt the best part of the Anniversary Update. It's essentially a central location to find built-in or third-party apps that work with your stylus. You can use the new sticky notes to note down reminders, and they'll even transform into true reminders as Cortana understands what you write.
Microsoft Edge extensions: If you're a fan of Chrome extensions, then you'll be glad to hear that they're heading to Microsoft's Edge browser. The Anniversary Update brings support for extensions, and it's now up to third-party developers to fill the Windows Store with their add-ons.
Cortana improvements: Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, debuted on Windows 10 last year, and the software maker is bringing it to the lock screen with the Anniversary Update. You'll be able to ask it to make a note, play music, set a reminder, and lots more without ever logging in. Cortana is also getting a little more intelligent, with the ability to schedule appointments in Outlook or options to send friends a document you were working on a week ago.
Dark theme and UI tweaks: You can switch on what I call even darker mode in settings, and it will switch built-in apps that typically use a white background over to black.
Other improvements include things like Windows 10's ability to set your time zone automatically, and opening up of Windows Hello, the biometric feature to apps and websites. Additionally, the Xbox One is getting Windows apps. The Verge adds, "It feels like a promise that was made years ago, but it's finally coming true with the Anniversary Update. As Windows 10 now powers the Xbox One, Microsoft will start rolling out an update to its console to provide support for Cortana on Xbox One and the new universal apps." Microsoft is also adding Bash, the Linux command line to Windows with the new update. It's an optional feature and users will need to enable it to use it. Users will also be able to "project to PC," a feature that will allow one to easily find a PC to project to from a phone or another PC. There's also a new Skype app, and syncing of notifications between PC and phone is getting better.
Going by the reviews, it appears Windows 10 Anniversary Update is substantially more stable, and has interesting new features. You can read the first impressions of it on ZDNet, and review on PCWorld.
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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the Best New Features

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  • Basically... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:25AM (#52575373)

    Basically, there's still nothing in it for us workstation/desktop users, it's all about mobile and apps. I'm definitely staying on Windows 7.

    • Windows Ink big deal. Why do I need that when I can just talk to my phone?

      The problem is that Microsoft is trying to Horn in on the market it doesn't have but that's already taken over by the smartphones.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by chaosmind ( 31621 )

      Bash.... my all-time favorite piece of software, is coming to Windows 10 (which I am forced to use at work). This is cause to rejoice!

      • by knorthern knight ( 513660 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @06:24PM (#52578959)

        https://www.cygwin.com/ [cygwin.com]

        > What is it?
        >
        > Cygwin is:
        >
        > a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows.
        >
        > a DLL (cygwin1.dll) which provides substantial POSIX API functionality.

        No need to accept Microsoft's half-assed implementation. With Cygwin, you get the whole kit+kaboodle. bash and various other shells. X Window client and server, Firefox, mutt, sendmail, whatever. Even gcc, so you can build from source. And it's free. If the PHBs at work insist, you can buy support from Redhat, who publishes it.

    • Basically, there's still nothing in it for us workstation/desktop users, it's all about mobile and apps. I'm definitely staying on Windows 7.

      What is it you want? Personally I don't think there's much else I need in the OS for workstation tasks and frankly my day to day experience using Windows 10 is pretty much the same as Windows 7, but then again I'm not an IT guy spending time fixing and configuring the OS. The improvements of interest to me there are the DPI scaling for multiple monitors and Bash in Windows (mainly because I work mostly on Linux and OSX so having a common shell is nice).

      • Re: Basically... (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Miamicanes ( 730264 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @09:38PM (#52579683)

        > What is it you want

        1. A Start menu that isn't the nemesis of anyone who has ADHD who gets easily distracted.

        2. A start menu that works like Windows 7's. I'm not a Luddite. If Microsoft came up with a genuinely better idea, I'd use it happily. Windows 10's start menu is an unambiguous step downward from Windows 7's. And it's butt-ugly, too.

        3. I want Microsoft to quit crippling desktop apps and making them ugly for the benefit of tablets and phones that statistically, nobody even owns or wants anyway. I want Ubuntu to quit doing it, too, btw. At least with Ubuntu, Unity can be ignored and replaced.

        4. I want the ability and right to decline future updates. Microsoft wants to make sure we can never again snub a future fuckup like Windows 8 and turn our backs on it. Sure, it's only a matter of time until openwrt adds an option to block windows update... But it's also only a matter of time until Microsoft has Windows deactivate itself if its attempts to download updates get frustrated too many times.

        5. I want Aero Glass back, dammit. I paid $400 extra to get a discrete Quadro 3-D graphics card for my laptop just so I could enjoy Aero Glass in all its hardware-accelerated splendor. I really like it. Yes, I know we can (temporarily) re-enable it by copying dll files from Windows 7, but how long until Microsoft takes that away, too (see point 4)

        6. I want Windows Media Center with full CableLabs-certified support for DVR'ing cablecard content flagged COPY_ONCE... Just like Windows 7 has.

        Did I miss anything?

        • 1. A Start menu that isn't the nemesis of anyone who has ADHD who gets easily distracted.

          2. A start menu that works like Windows 7's. I'm not a Luddite. If Microsoft came up with a genuinely better idea, I'd use it happily. Windows 10's start menu is an unambiguous step downward from Windows 7's. And it's butt-ugly, too.

          If you don't like the built in one then use a custom shell. This is what we have been doing on Linux for as long as we have had desktop linux and even for many years on Windows with custom shells, sadly this concept of customizing the default system is lost on most Windows users.

          3. I want Microsoft to quit crippling desktop apps and making them ugly for the benefit of tablets and phones that statistically, nobody even owns or wants anyway.

          What desktop apps are you talking about? The key desktop apps I use: Visual Studio, 3ds max & Photoshop look the same on 10 as they did on 7.

          At least with Ubuntu, Unity can be ignored and replaced.

          You've always been able to replace the shell on Windows too, it's just that for the mos

    • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka "Bash for Windows", but that's a horrible misnomer IMO) is a big deal for power users.

  • by thundercattt ( 4205847 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:26AM (#52575383)
    It rolls back to Windows 7. The villagers rejoice
  • Slashvertisements (Score:4, Insightful)

    by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:27AM (#52575397)
    "Going by the reviews, it appears Windows 10 Anniversary Update is substantially more stable"

    How the hell can you judge an OS's stability before it's even out?
    • Re:Slashvertisements (Score:4, Informative)

      by b0bby ( 201198 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:37AM (#52575483)

      Agreed; and since both Windows 7 and 10 are already pretty darn stable, it's hard to imagine how they could make it substantially more so in a way anyone could notice.

      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Windows 8.1 is my current favourite. 7 is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and 8.1 has some nice security enhancements. Bitlocker with SSD self-encryption is really nice too, no performance loss and pretty good security. 8.1 also handles monitors with different DPIs and apps that don't support DPI settings much better.

        With Classic Start Menu installed it's my new default choice.

    • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

      It didn't crash multiple times during the installation like Windows 10 did for my 5 year old Intel mobo PC.

    • A few tens of thousands of users have been using it for a few months now.
    • by nairnr ( 314138 )
      There is something called the Windows Insider Preview which gives you access to interim builds that will eventually become the official releases. That is where new features are released and tested before it ever hits the public.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:30AM (#52575421)

    Public beta testing has never been more blatant.

  • by ICantFindADecentNick ( 768907 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:32AM (#52575437)
    Automatic timezone, Dark theme. Whoopy do. Sounds like the bottom of the features barrel being scraped to make items for the story. I'm still sticking with Win7. My laptop doesn't need to be confused with a phone - and I don't want all of the telemetry/spyware.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by thegarbz ( 1787294 )

      I'm still sticking with Win7.

      If you couldn't justifying the technical improvements of Windows 10 over Windows 7 what made you think that a small service pack would change that? Also a gentle reminder that your telemetry is back-ported and you're not playing a game of Windows Update roulette using your old system, babying it as you do. What a horrible way to use an OS.

      My laptop doesn't need to be confused with a phone

      If this is likely to happen to you then you're holding it wrong. [sidetalking.com]

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        telemetry is back-ported

        The backported telemetry is part of CEIP and you just need to keep that disabled. But to be sure you can simply uninstall or not install those telemetry updates in the first place.

        It's really not the same as using Windows 10, at all. Once (if) Windows 10 gets an off switch we can talk.

      • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

        by hairyfeet ( 841228 )

        Uhhhh you DO know there are ways to get updates other than WU, yes? That many of those make it beyond trivial to refuse the spyware updates (and if I'm not mistaken AutoPatcher doesn't include them in the first place) so that we can have Win 7/8/8.1 completely spyware free?

        I have dealt with Win 10 on more PCs at the shop than I care to mention and I can say with confidence...Windows 10 is a giant piece of shit. Its buggy as fuck, its updates are more unstable than running a Linux alpha build, hell I had for

      • by citylivin ( 1250770 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @01:52PM (#52577075)

        "If you couldn't justifying the technical improvements of Windows 10 over Windows 7 what made you think that a small service pack would change that?"

        People are still hoping that there will be one killer feature that will make it worthwhile to "upgrade". At work i have a surface so i have to use win10.
        Windows 10 features that I like are 1) better multi monitor support 2) better direct access VPN client 3) wireless display sharing is cool

        Other than that, I really don't see a need for anyone to upgrade. You have a boatload of crap to deal with over 7 and yes as time goes on, the problems with windows 10 keep adding up. As others have mentioned, windows 10 machines frequently get into a state where you have to blow away a user completely to fix it. Sometimes even the whole machine. Something gets corrupted in the microsoft store, and even if you don't use it, it can create negative effects everywhere.

        Patching in the corporate environment is a nightmare now, as each "patch" is actually a brand new operating system. I still haven't got things to go smooth between versions yet and expect another week of fighting before this new edition will image to workstations properly.

        i dont care so much about telemetry. The main problems I have are this rapid feature release cycle ( 2 major updates a year is far too fast), and its various ways that it screws up and requires time to be rebuilt. Another huge annoyance is that they got rid of the file settings and transfer wizard, which has been a godsend since XP in terms of giving people the exact same environment that they started out with before i came in and switched the computer, or the hdd or whatever. Now I have to say "unfortunately we cant copy your profile cleanly anymore, so you have to start fresh", then i have to hand copy bookmarks back in chrome, desktop items, etc. Real annoying and like everythign else bad about windows 10, i blame the new features for causing these sorts of problems: the store and cortana. They couldn't get file and transfer settings wizard working reliably with these new features, so they dropped it as opposed to fixing it.

        Oh and the number one reason i will never go to windows 10 on my home PC is the way in which it was pushed out. I lost all resepect for microsoft when they used windows update to deliver and trick people into installing windows 10. So I am morally opposed to installing it now because of the abuse of a great patch system that was windows update. Now it can no longer be trusted, and that is the real long term damage that they have done to their reputation. Abuse of their position.

  • by Merk42 ( 1906718 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:37AM (#52575463)
    I didn't read the summary, but It's Microsoft, and therefore bad.
    Now everyone pat me on the pack because of my wit with +5 Insightful.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:37AM (#52575481)

    Going from what's mentioned in the summary...

    Ink - no touch screen
    Edge - I don't use either it or Chrome
    Cortana - I only use it in my Windows Phone which is stuck at 8.1 (and probably better for it); aggressively disabled in the laptop
    Dark Theme - why revert to the b/w TV look of my original Radio Shack Model 1?
    Auto Time Zone Setting - requires Location Services, which I have disabled for privacy reasons except on the phone
    Windows Hello - don't have a fingerprint sensor, and keep the camera off/covered
    Xbox - don't have one
    BASH - interesting, but if I want Linux I'll get Linux (it's in a VirtualBox for now)
    Project to PC - how is this different from Remote Access, which I normally block for privacy/security reasons?
    New Skype - I never used the old one, and since it no longer supports any Windows but 10 why bother (phone is 8.1)?
    Phone/PC Sync - works fine now using BT or cable; which lily are they gilding?

    No mention of whether they've fixed the massive latency issues that forced me to roll back the desktop used for sound editing to Win7.

    I'll get it automagically (if it doesn't just crash things) in the laptops, but based on this list it doesn't look like it'll be an improvement, though maybe not any worse. Will probably have to spend a day ferreting out the new and reset privacy settings, though. Meh?

    • Dark Theme? How about a Windows 7 theme. That's one that I'd use.
      I don't know how integrated with the OS this Bash is but you can already get Bash for Windows from Mingw-w64 and others.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by dargaud ( 518470 )
      100% behind you. Did they add what I actually need ?
      • - readable fonts. The current font aliasing is horrible, horrible, horrible. Yes, they provide ways to tweak it, but it's useless gobshite. Even external tweakers can't seem to make them less fuzzy and more readable.
      • - a Win2K theme. WinXP if you want to go extra fancy (not me).
      • - a file explorer window without all the extra shit of 'anything goes' as virtual folders. And with proper indentation of trees, not just 2 pixels. And lines.
      • - actual buttons w
  • BASH (Score:5, Funny)

    by Spock151 ( 1993342 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:41AM (#52575511)
    This is Slashdot.. The best and "only" new feature is BASH.. Who cares about the rest...
    • Wish I had mod points to give this +5 ALLIGIVEASHITABOUT
    • by Calydor ( 739835 )

      Obviously BASH stands for Big Ass Systemd Host.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Let's see, four major features

    - "You can use your stylus..." uh, my PC doesn't have a stylus or a touchscreen, so this is a non-feature developed just so you can further push your Surface tablets.
    - "WE HAVE BROWSER EXTENSIONS TOO!" - it is now an OS feature when you add missing bits to your bundled browser
    - "We're improving Cortana" - which nobody uses. Another non-feature. I don't want to talk to my PC because it is stupid and because it means piping everything from my mic to Microsoft servers
    - "Dark UI th

    • And loss of access WILL eventually happen. I made the mistake of buying three WMV-HD discs back around 2006 (when Microsoft was threatening to back a renegade red-laser DVD-ROM based 720p24 competing format unless Blu Ray and HD-DVD made VC9 a mandatory codec). None of them will play as HD .wmv files anymore, because Microsoft took down their fucking DRM keyserver.

  • This is days before a huge LAN party I'm going to, I finally got everything set up the way I want it in Windows 10

    IT BURNS

    • Re:Noooooooo (Score:5, Insightful)

      by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @10:53AM (#52575583)

      This is days before a huge LAN party I'm going to, I finally got everything set up the way I want it in Windows 10

      IT BURNS

      Isn't life grand, when you rent your computer from Microsoft rather than owning and controlling it?

      • It's not renting since you're not paying for it. If anything, it's more like a really nosy homeowners' association that is constantly up in your business, keeping tabs on who's coming and going from your house, who's sending you mail, what newspapers you get, how often you're mowing the grass, etc, all the while making up arbitrary changes because it would be against the bylaws for you to paint your door eggshell white instead of eggwhite white. Oh, sure, it's YOUR computer, but if you want to use it, you h
      • Now, now...play nicely. Don't go upsetting the sheeple.

      • Isn't life grand, when you rent your computer from Microsoft rather than owning and controlling it?

        Why? Is he leasing a Surface tablet? How did manage this arrangement where Microsoft owns his hardware?

    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      Is it Assembly?
      I remember last year. I've seen several Windows 10 upgrades during the party as it just came out. Not the best idea if you intend to actually play video games or run demos.

  • The interface is still terrible. I know it can be changed; but it isn't easy to use by default.

  • You'll be able to ask it to make a note, play music, set a reminder, and lots more without ever logging in

    I do not understand this trend. Under Android, there is also a lot of functionality available without logging in (for example, turning on a hotspot). Worse, there is no way to block access to this functionality.

    If I wanted my phone unsecured, I could leave off the passcode. If I have a passcode, it means that I don't want some random dude able to do anything. At the very least, such access should be cus

    • Since phones are tools that need to be usable during emergencies, it makes sense that you can take photos and what not without unlocking the phone.

      I really, really don't see the point in any of this for Windows, even if you have a tablet.
  • I'm generally happy with Win10 on both my laptops.

    But Cortana? Why isn't there an option to disable it completely who don't want it? And why does putting it on the lock screen (hey, if its locked, maybe that's to keep anyone from doing anything, including random voice tasks..) feel like they're just jamming it somewhere *else* it's not wanted because people are ignoring it on the task bar?

    I really would like to hear actual meetings where highly paid people at Microsoft think running around like a third-ra

    • They actually want to be Google. They've modified Windows to gather a lot of user data and to push many of their services (OneDrive, Cortana, Windows Store...) just like Android does. They of course also plan to do a lot of money out of it all, again just like Google.
  • by bobdehnhardt ( 18286 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @11:02AM (#52575633)

    "You'll be able to ask it to make a note, play music, set a reminder, and lots more without ever logging in. "

    All I can think when reading that is "attack vector." No matter how much they claim it's limited, sand-boxed, walled off and segregated from the rest of the system, someone will figure out a way to gain system access through it. Microsoft may as well advertise Windows 10, Now With Built In Password Bypass!

    • by geek ( 5680 )

      "You'll be able to ask it to make a note, play music, set a reminder, and lots more without ever logging in. "

      All I can think when reading that is "attack vector." No matter how much they claim it's limited, sand-boxed, walled off and segregated from the rest of the system, someone will figure out a way to gain system access through it. Microsoft may as well advertise Windows 10, Now With Built In Password Bypass!

      So turn it off?

      • Can you turn it off is the question? Given the way MS has behaved with the Windows 10 Upgrades, I wouldn't be surprised if the "Off" setting merely was "Hide". The true Off setting might be a Registry key change.
  • I'd very nuch love if Microsoft would quit unhiding the "update to windows 10 update". it's the third time this month.
  • Super Exciting! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by idontgno ( 624372 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @11:28AM (#52575895) Journal

    Let's run through that announced feature list.

    • Windows Ink: Windows Ink is without a doubt the best part of the Anniversary Update. It's essentially a central location to find built-in or third-party apps that work with your stylus. -- Irrelevant. Don't use a stylus on my Win 10 machine.
    • Microsoft Edge extensions: If you're a fan of Chrome extensions, then you'll be glad to hear that they're heading to Microsoft's Edge browser. -- Irrelevant. If I were a fan of Chrome extensions, I'd continue using Chrome. I wouldn't use Edge at gunpoint.
    • Cortana improvements: Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, debuted on Windows 10 last year, and the software maker is bringing it to the lock screen with the Anniversary Update. -- Irrelevant. I neutralized Cortana as effectively as I could as soon as I could, and the only improvement Win 10 Anniversary could bring would be the ability to completely uninstall it.
    • Dark theme and UI tweaks: You can switch on what I call even darker mode in settings -- Irrelevant, because I am not a emo self-cutter in black duster and unlaced combat boots. But, uh, yaaay for those guys?

    So, a hugely marketed mixed bag of fail and irrelevant. I am soooo glad I upgraded to Win 10 on my guinea pig machine.

    • Damn...I never seem to have mod points when I really want them.

      I can understand why people who know nothing about computers would install 10 and be happy. I have simply never been able to grasp why anybody who has even a little knowledge about what 10 is actually doing, and the implications, would allow it on anything they use for their actual needs.

    • by PRMan ( 959735 )
      Great and very funny review. Wish I had mod points.
  • by ilsaloving ( 1534307 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @11:38AM (#52575983)

    I want control of my f__king computer back.

    Until Microsoft decides that we have to at least give them permission before they shove their hand up to the elbow into my computers lower colon, I will never use Windows 10.

  • by ihtoit ( 3393327 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @12:07PM (#52576287)

    ...would be "Can we have a one-click solution to REMOVING CORTANA FOR GOOD if we don't actually want it?"

  • Woot! All the shit I disabled got better!

    Yawn.

  • .. it still spies on you.

    Destroy Windows 10 Spying [github.com]

    Fuck off M$.

  • by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Monday July 25, 2016 @01:56PM (#52577105)

    ...just more lame shit copied from other OS's, but without exception all with a twist designed to further lock you into their ecosystem.
    I bet the Microsoft koolaid-drinkers will love it and think its crazy innovative though.

  • "Dark theme and UI tweaks: You can switch on what I call even darker mode in settings, and it will switch built-in apps that typically use a white background over to black."

    Wow, the innovation at Microsoft is OFF THE SCALE!!! A new theme, OMG, let us all bow our heads in thanks for this exciting new feature!

  • Below, the contents of my own personal procedure manual for dealing with a new Win10 machine, with a very strong emphasis on disrupting/removing the spying apparatus. A lot of stuff gets removed. This has been done on numerous machines and so far no failures, no lockups, no blue screens. Some machines are slightly different, some will not have every listed item, some may have a few "extras." The machines seem to run noticeably faster following the hatchetings, and all of them, to date, remain tack sharp, ro
    • I'm curious, did you use to make this many changes to previous versions of Windows or it's the first time you've had to make many changes to get a system like you like it?
      • I'm curious, did you use to make this many changes to previous versions of Windows or it's the first time you've had to make many changes to get a system like you like it?

        I've always had multiple test boxes laying around, with multiple hard drives to swap back and forth, and tearing Windows up, just to see what would happen, has always been kind of fun.

        That said, it's the goddamned telemetry and all the rest of it that really got me going, and just as soon as I installed my first copy of 10 a year ago, I was very interested in first discovering, and then attacking, and then checking to see if the patient was still breathing or not.

        The miscellaneous stuff like the Taskba

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