What's new in this update

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is brimming with new features. Explore some of the big ones below, then Browse to find specific info and help.

Cortana—Your digital agent

Cortana reminder on lock screen

Cortana is ready to help you in more places in Windows 10, including the lock screen. When your device is locked, you can still check your calendar ("What's my schedule for tomorrow like?") or ask Cortana important questions ("Can you beatbox?").

And forget about writing tasks on your hands just to remember, say, your dad's birthday—create reminders based on location, time, and even people. Cortana can help you remember to wish your dad a happy birthday at a specific time, or remind you to pick up a cake when you're at the grocery store.

Rule the web with Microsoft Edge

The context menu for extensions in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has so many updates, we need a list to cover them all:

  • Use extensions to personalize and protect your browsing with add-ons like Office Online, Microsoft Translator, and more.

  • Enlist Cortana to show you similar image suggestions on Bing searches, or even the lyrics to a music video you're watching.

  • Pin individual tabs to the Start screen for easy access.

  • If you have a touchscreen device, browse more briskly by swiping left/right to go back/forward to different webpages.

Get creative with Windows Ink

Windows Ink workspace

Windows Ink puts the power of Windows in the tip of your tablet pen, enabling you to write on your device just like you do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard, and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, OneNote, Microsoft Edge, and Office.

A new Start

Image of resizing the Start menu

The Start menu is the place to find all your apps and programs. Personalize your Start screen to show you the apps, tiles, and layout you need to be your most productive self.

Select the Start

Start symbol
button, and then Settings > Personalization > Start to tinker with your Start screen and make it yours.

Improved notifications in action center

Action center

Action center has moved to a new location in the far right corner of the taskbar, and sports a new look that gives you the power to organize your notifications however you see fit.

You no longer need to open action center to see how many notifications you have—the number on the action center icon shows you how many notifications are waiting for you. Other apps pinned to the taskbar can also show the number of notifications you've missed.

Sign in to your PC with a Microsoft Band or Windows phone

Unlock your PC with a paired companion device like Microsoft Band or a Windows phone (for example, the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950XL).

Do more on the lock screen

Music controls on lock screen

Cortana isn't the only new feature on the lock screen—you can now play music while your device is locked to control the action from start to stop. Media controls appear at the bottom right corner of the lock screen, along with a picture of the album art from the song currently playing.


Article ID: 17218 - Last Review: 05 Dec 2016 - Revision: 19