The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the biggest update to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, is being rolled out to customers from today.
More than 350 million devices are now using Windows 10 since it was launched last year.
The new update brings an array of new features and improvements with Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana become a central part to how Windows 10 operates.
Microsoft’s Edge browser which was first introduced with Windows 10 and is the long term replacement for Internet Explorer is also being tweaked to become more power efficient, with further updates expected that will allow the introduction of extensions, similar to the those found in Google Chrome, in the not too distant future.
The Anniversary Update will also include improved security features such as Windows Hello and facial recognition which can be used to login to apps and websites.
Anyone running Windows 10 is eligible to receive the Anniversary Update free of charge.
However, it won’t be available to all users right away, with Microsoft gradually making it available over the coming weeks.
How to download Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The best and recommended way to receive the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is to make sure automatic updates are enabled on your computer or laptop.
If you have this enabled the update will install automatically as soon as Microsoft has made it available for your device.
To turn on automatic updates, go to: Start > Settings > Update and Security > turn on automatic updates.
If you would rather install the update yourself, you can check if the update is available for your device by going to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Check for updates.
If you want to install the new update immediately, you can do so by downloading the Windows 10 Anniversary Update from Microsoft website where it can be downloaded and installed manually.
However, this perhaps isn’t recommended for all users, especially those running older machines.