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Windows 10 Anniversary Edition - What's new and when will it be released to the public

We now know that the next major release of Windows 10 (Code name: Redstone) will be named the “Anniversary Edition”. No specific release date has been mentioned other than “This Summer”. If it is scheduled to be released in July of 2016 on the anniversary of the Windows 10 free upgrade launch date, then the version number will be 1607.

New innovations include:

1. Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge

Windows Hello enables you to easily sign into your device with enterprise-grade security.

So with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we’ve made it possible for you to use the same easy, yet strong, security of Windows Hello* with Windows apps and Microsoft Edge, the first and only browser to natively support biometrics, with supporting sites.

2. Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen

Windows Ink is an all-new experience, putting the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office.

3. Cortana, Now More Helpful than Ever, with over 1,000 apps

Cortana** has learned how to proactively make suggestions for you through-out your day, like offering to buy you lunch or arrange transportation. Cortana will be available above the lock screen, giving you quicker access to your personal assistant for common tasks across all types of devices without unlocking your PC.

4. UWP apps come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store and every Xbox One can become a dev kit

Gaming gets better with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, including background music and Cortana coming to Xbox One. Cortana can become your personal gaming assistant and help you find great new games, new challenges or tips and tricks.

With the Anniversary Update, any Xbox One can be a developer kit with Xbox Dev Mode, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

Reference: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/03/30/windows-10-anniversary-update-brings-new-experiences-and-developer-opportunity/

Also: Microsoft is reaching out to Linux developers in a way that the company never has before. "The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows," said Microsoft's Kevin Gallo on stage at today's Build 2016 keynote. The announcement received an uproarious applause from the crowd. The new functionality will be enabled as part of this summer's Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

Reference: http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11331014/microsoft-windows-linux-ubuntu-bash

Some questions that need to be answered:

1) In the waning days of the 1 year free update period, will Microsoft try boosting the numbers of computers that have upgraded from Windows 7, 8 / 8.1 by making the Anniversary update available ahead of the actual release date on July 29th, 2015.

Technically the free upgrade period ends on July 28th, 2016.

“"What is the free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

The free upgrade is a full version of Windows (not a trial or introductory version) and is available until July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device."

Reference: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq

2) Will the “Retail” versions available in stores and on the Internet sport a newly designed box that has “Windows 10 Anniversary Edition” printed on the front of the box?

3) Will there be another update (version 1604 or 1605 for example) before the Anniversary edition is released? There are still a number of bugs with the installation process and the rollback / Return to your previous version of Windows option. Also there have been 10 Windows Insider builds released after the November 15th, 2015 (version 1511) Threshold update was made available to consumers.

Reference: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/what-happens-when-a-build-reaches-its-expiration/d1583f70-8e7f-45b9-8bf7-bfa5ae673303

4) Will the Anniversary Edition include the "Go back to previous version" / Roll Back feature which allows you to restore Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 if Windows 10 is not your cup of tea?

J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

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