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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming This Summer, Free To Win10 Users

Perhaps now would be a good time to take Microsoft up on its offer to upgrade to Windows 10 from older platforms, because its Windows 10 Anniversary Edition is coming this summer, and it will be free--to existing Windows 10 users.

From the keynote stage at Microsoft Build, Terry Myerson said that the Anniversary Edition will include updates for Windows Hello (and Edge will enable Hello’s biometric authentication on supported websites), as well as HoloLens, Cortana and more.

Although Myerson mentioned it only in passing and did not elaborate on the details, he said that the Anniversary Edition will enable Windows 10 applications to run on the Xbox One. Presumably, supported applications will include only Universal Apps (UWA). Even so, it fits the vision of unifying devices and screens that Microsoft has espoused, and it paints the Xbox one as an even more powerful computing device than it already is. (In another onstage demo, we saw how a developer can use the Xbox as a dev console. It's easy to switch back and forth between dev mode and retail mode.)

The Anniversary Edition will also bring updates for Ink. Microsoft seems keen on Ink, as it keeps bringing it up in the keynote and offered an onstage demo performed by Microsoft’s Brian Roper. He showed a number of use cases for Ink, including Sticky Notes, SketchPad, Maps, Word and PowerPoint.

Using a stylus, he wrote a note to himself using Ink to call his mother -- “call mom tom” -- and Windows understood that “tom” meant “tomorrow” and added a reminder in his calendar for the correct date. He also grabbed an onscreen sketchpad and used a virtual ruler to draw straight lines on it with the stylus (and noted that the saved sketch is available above the lock screen). Using a 3D map, he added two POIs (with a simple tap here and there) and connected the dots to make a route; then, he annotated the map with notes about waypoints, and the notes persisted even as he rotated the 3D image. In Word, he showed how you can use Ink to edit a doc, including scribbling out a paragraph to delete it. In PowerPoint and PhotoShop, he used virtual rulers and guides to line up objects and draw on images.

We’ll update as more information becomes available.

Seth Colaner is the News Director for Tom's Hardware. Follow him on Twitter @SethColaner. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

  • tical2399
    Cool. Loving W10, more updates cant hurt.
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  • kawininjazx
    Celebrating one year of pooling everyone's private data.....
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  • DrakeFS
    It slightly worries me that they have to keep mentioning "free" with their updates...
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  • megiv
    The "Search the web and windows" got very slow after last update ! very annoying.
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  • fallenshell
    It slightly worries me that they have to keep mentioning "free" with their updates...

    I believe that is because for so long we have been seeing updates either as patches or big service packs. Then we shell out a small pile of money for the next big version of windows and repeat the process. MS is supposedly doing a more frequent update (yearly) but eventually will probably charge for these but a lesser amount than a new OS would cost. So they stress free so people will just update and not get their hackles up more updates etc.
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  • Anaxamenes
    It slightly worries me that they have to keep mentioning "free" with their updates...

    Well free Windows is still a relatively new concept, since it's only been Windows 10 you haven't had to pay for. They want people to continue to upgrade, and most consumers have been conditioned to "Free" or "Sale" as trigger words to buy something.
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  • tical2399
    17740632 said:
    Celebrating one year of pooling everyone's private data.....

    A aint got nothing to hide, so it dont bother me none.
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  • JamesSneed
    17740909 said:
    17740632 said:
    Celebrating one year of pooling everyone's private data.....

    A aint got nothing to hide, so it dont bother me none.

    You sure about that Andre?
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  • turkey3_scratch
    17740632 said:
    Celebrating one year of pooling everyone's private data.....

    If you want your data to be private, don't connect to the Internet. Ever.
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  • Private data? Crying like a kid about private data is about 10 years to old now. Get over it. Get a Job and pay for things and maybe you won't be so worried lol.

    And when all your industrial secrets are gone to your competition, soon to be followed by your job, maybe then you'll understand the value of data.

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