Windows 10 Anniversary Update to arrive July 29, more evidence found

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We talk about July 29 as the Anniversary Update’s release date all the time, but Microsoft actually never confirmed that date for the next major update for Windows 10. However, as the alleged release date nears, there is more and more evidence that points to the Anniversary Update indeed releasing on July 29.

The latest clue comes from the system version number in Windows 10 Preview build 14361. Namely, the number was changed from 1511 to 1607 for the first time ever. We know that Microsoft dubbed the November update as 1511 due to its release date, so if Redmond sticks to that policy, the number 1607 means the update will arrive in July 2016. 

Of course, the version number doesn’t reveal the exact release date of the update, but since it’s called the Anniversary Update, it’s reasonable to think that it will arrive on Windows 10’s first birthday (conveniently, July 29). Even if Microsoft doesn’t release the Anniversary Update on July 29, it will probably release it some time this July, which doesn’t make a big difference in the long run.

Microsoft prepares apps for the Anniversary Update

Another sign that points to the Anniversary Update drawing near is how Microsoft is preparing its apps for it. Release notes of the company’s new apps for teachers and schools, called Set up School PC, say that the app will be compatible with Windows 10 version 1607. This is another mention of the version number, giving us even stronger indication that the Anniversary Update will come this July.

Microsoft will stop offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 on July 29th, as well. So, it’s perfectly reasonable for the company to combine two events and get everything done in one day.

Whatever Microsoft decides, we have an interesting month ahead of us that will dictate the future direction of Windows 10 as well as the Anniversary Update itself.

Tell us your opinion in the comments: will Microsoft indeed release the Anniversary Update on July 29, or do you have some other date in mind?


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I wouldn’t mind if it were Dec. 29th. Microsoft needs to THOROUGHLY test this update to make sure we don’t have another snafu like the November update.

Here’s my laundry list of issues I’ve dealt with since purchasing my first windows 10 computer 9 months ago:

1) Start menu stopped working on my daughter’s user account
2) Several apps have stopped working on all 3 of our accounts: Wife, daughter, myself
3) Updates have stopped working
4) Cannot install certain applications from the app store, and on some of our user accounts NO APPS AT ALL
5) The computer wouldn’t go to sleep
6) After the November update the computer would re-boot itself in the middle of the day for no reason at all. And then go into a recursive update-loop.
7) recently even the Windows app store itself stopped working!

To repair these issues I’ve been forced to do the following:

1) Soft Reset the machine once
2) Hard Reset the machine once
3) Delete and re-create each of our user accounts several times
4) Try: WSReset.exe, Powershell scripts that are supposed to restore you apps, and registry hacks that are supposed to as well
5) Recently Microsoft tech support suggested an “in-place” upgrade

Microsoft, if you are listening, this is UNACCEPTABLE. In today’s world we expect our devices to run like appliances. Meaning you turn them on and they just work. Not everyone is a techie like myself (a developer and engineer with over 20 years of experience).

This is by far the “worst windows ever”… when it comes to stability. Otherwise I really want to love Windows 10. As a developer I love the idea of write-it-once for an app and it will run on ANY device.

But that is the key word. When the app I run won’t actually “run”, because the OS is so unstable, then it defeats the entire purpose.

Bottom line: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, and spend some of that 12 BILLION in profits on proper testing!!!!!!