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What is new in Anniversary update to Windows 10

This Article describes what are the major changes from Windows 10 v1511 and Windows 10 v1607-named Anniversary update released on 2nd August 2016:

Lock Screen and greetings

  • The default e-mail address is no longer displayed on the lock screen.
  • You can control Music playback from the lock screen itself.
  • The Login screen now uses a background image same as the lock screen.

Activation improvements

  • New Windows activation troubleshooter to resolve issues with windows activation.
  • Microsoft account is now linked with your digital license which activates windows.

Start menu

  • The start menu UI has been updated.
  • Lists of the most used applications and all applications have been combined together;
  • Vertical bar added to the left side of the menu which contains settings,Explorer and file options.
  • The “Start menu now displays up to three newly added applications instead of one.
  • Applications that start with numbers, are now listed under the symbol “#” instead of “0-9”.

Cortana and search

  • Cortana is available on the lock screen (you must first activate in the settings)
  • Improved synchronization of Cortana and Action center.
  • Cortana has been integrated with Maps.
  • Reminders are shown as a list and can use images and application data also.
  • Music search-Cortana can search for music and supports playback from Groove music pass(US only)
  • You can set a timer using Cortana.
  • Sync your notifications on the PC to phone and vice versa is enabled through Cortana.You can get information about battery,calls on the devices and cards exchange.
  • Cortana can read your Office 365 emails,reminders etc.
  • Cortana shows sound wave instead of random characters when it is listening to you.
  • Search shows Onedrive results too.

Virtual desktops

  • Added ability to show a specific window on all virtual desktops.
  • Switch between desktops is now possible with the new four-finger gestures on the Touchpad.


  • Indicators on the taskbar for Universal modern apps.
  • The system clock is integrated with events from the calender application.
  • The system clock will be displayed on each monitor when using Multi monitor configuration.
  • The Flyout UI of volume is improved-now you can change the source of the Audio and control volume accordingly.
  • Explorer Icon would be removed by default.

Notification Center

  • Notification Center icon is moved to the right of the system clock.
  • Notification Center icon now shows the number of notifications.
  • Notifications between mobile and desktop version of Windows is now synchronized.
  • Wi-Fi Icon now has an additional interface instead of the on / off network.
  • The options available to the new setting priority and the allowable number of notifications from the same application and configuration buttons at the bottom of the center.
  • You can reject any notification by clicking the middle mouse button.
  • Now you can remove/add individual items from the quick actions.

Edge Browser

  • Extensions support has been added.The notable extensions available now are Adblock plus,translator,last pass and web clipper.
  • Tabs can be pinned,so that accidental closing of the browser doesn’t remove them.
  • Switch back and forth from web pages using swiping left or right.
  • Right clicking the back button would result in the list of web pages history.
  • Added an option to clean-up the data when the browser is exited.
  • The favorite bar can now show icons only,allows renaming and creating folders.
  • Paste and search and paste and go shows up in the address bar depending on the information present on the clipboard.
  • A warning displays when you close Edge when downloading is in progress.
  • The default download location of the items can be changed.
  • Added importing favorites support from Firefox.
  • Favorites are shown in a tree structure in hub.
  • When the display window is narrow,the share and make a note button get converted into an icon.
  • What’s new and tips page added to the main menu of the browser that leads to a page of Edge change-log.


  • New Skype Universal app app that replaces phone and video app.
  • Added connect app which brings continuum experience to a PC.
  • Added Sticky notes as a modern app.
  • Feedback hub has been introduced replacing Insider hub and windows feedback.
  • New shortcut for feedback hub-Windows key+F.
  • New updated versions of
    • Sports
    • News
    • Music
    • Films and TV etc.
  • Sway is merged with photos app.
  • Windows defender can be used even if any other 3rd party Antivirus is installed.
  • Microsoft WiFi has been discontinued.
  • A new tool to clean Install Windows.

Settings app

  • Now applications can be run in light or dark mode.
  • Taskbar properties have been merged in settings app.
  • The apps can now be reset in the factory state.The option is present in System>Apps.This is quite handy when an app doesn’t open.
  • A network test button has been added to test the network.
  • Each subcategory of a category has its own icon.
  • Location improvements-now approximate locations can be used.
  • Screen reader and magnifier improvements.
  • Added a separate option for Windows Insider program in Update and security.
  • Active hours in Windows update-The computer doesn’t restart in the time interval of active hours.
  • The latest information on windows update link has been moved to advanced options.
  • Developer subcategory in update and security has been improved.
  • The search bar in the Settings app has been moved to center and is enabled by default.Earlier to search you had to click on the text box first.
  • In the subcategories,the search bar is on left side.
  • Windows defender has been improved.
  • Improvements to the subcategory bar-the colored text would tell the active section.
  • New icons in update and security and Windows update.

Tablet mode

  • The taskbar can now be hidden when in Tablet mode
  • List of all applications is now shown in full screen rather than a list.


  • Optimization of onecore,the shared code of windows used to develop windows on all platforms.
  • New Windows Ink feature.Windows Ink is enabled by default which are having a pen as an input device..Read here
  • New Installation progress user Interface.
  • Improved battery life of a device in standby mode.
  • Implemented Native Ubuntu Bash support.
  • The User interface of User account control has been changed.
  • Added a new group policy to remove 260 character limit on paths of files and folders on NTFS,
  • New emoticons.
  • Command Prompt display has been improved on High DPI displays.
  • New Explorer, Network and BD icon.
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