Windows 10 Anniversary Update scheduled for August 2 release: What are its improvements?

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

For the past couple of months, we’ve constantly heard rumors about Microsoft’s plans to release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update by the end of July. However, since that’s when the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 is ending, it seemed a little farfetched. However, the software giant recently came out with an official statement finally confirming a date of August 2, 2016.

The update will be available for existing Windows 10 users as a free upgrade and from all indications, this upgrade should improve most problems users are having with the operating system right now. We’ve seen many of the changes via the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but how well they’ll work in the final version is still left to be seen.

The announcement didn’t reveal much about the update, which could mean Microsoft made a mistake in highlighting the date. Furthermore, the company removed the web page too, but luckily for us, it’s still in cached on the internet. Despite the obvious mistake, we expect the date to hold and also expect another announcement come July.

The Anniversary Update is scheduled to improve Microsoft Edge by giving users the ability to download extensions. While Insiders can already do this, Microsoft wants the general public to get their hands on the functionality as soon as possible. Furthermore, the update should improve communication between Windows 10 and Windows Mobile.

Improvements to the Start Menu and Windows Store is also something users of the operating system should expect. Also, if you’re using an Xbox One, keep an eye out for a significant upgrade there as well to allow for closer functionality with Windows 10 and the Windows Store. In fact, the Xbox Store and the Windows Store should blend and become one by then.

While you wait around for the Anniversary Update, how about launching the Windows Store and giving the new VLC app a spin? This UWP app was long promised, and now it’s here. While that’s good news, there’s a bit of a sad news here too: users who enjoyed using the Messaging Everywhere should know it has been removed from the latest build in favor of Skype.

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