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Windows 10 Anniversary update features you should know of

The biggest update for Windows 10 since the day it went live last year on 2nd August, has to be its Anniversary update that rolled out for users and enterprises automatically last week.

Is Anniversary Update hot and live on your Windows 10 device? If automatic updates are enabled on your system, then the Anniversary update is probably live on your device. If not, Select Start -> Settings -> Update and Security -> Check for updates or just type “Check for updates” in search bar and press enter. You’ll see options for checking new updates if automatic updates is disabled on your device.

If that still doesn’t do the trick, it means you’ll have to wait a little longer, as the update might not be available for all countries as yet and will cover the entire world in the next few weeks.

However, Windows 10 Anniversary update brought with it a lot of much-needed improvements and of course a bunch of bugs, which is not very atypical of any kind of updates these days.

A NEW DARK THEME

There is a new option under the colors tray in the personalization settings which says, “Choose your app mode – Light, Dark”.

Choosing “Dark” will blacks out Microsoft Edge browser and other apps, in a pleasing way.

So, if you have a thing for dark style, then you will love this.

Here is how it looks.

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OLD SCHOOL START MENU WITH ATTRACTIVE NEW CHANGES

Clicking on the Start Menu, post the anniversary update, pops up the entire collection of installed apps. This Start Menu clearly gives you the feel of the one back from Windows 8.

You can now also pin the apps you want to. You could also make some of the pins larger and other smaller in size.

One other big change is the functionality extension of a Live Tile. Previously when you clicked on Live Tile showing a news story, it would have taken you to the app and not exactly the story which made you click it.

Anniversary update compensates for that clumsiness by opening the news story directly upon clicking the Live Tile in question, making things more dynamic.

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A MORE FLEXIBLE ACTION CENTER

You can now choose which actions you want in the action center. You can even remove some of them if you like to.

Go to Start -> Settings -> System Notifications and Actions

There you can drag and reposition the actions in any order you want to see them upon opening Action Center from the Task bar.

If you have Cortana installed on your Android or Windows phone and if you have enabled syncing, you can now find notifications of phone calls, text messages received, app notifications on Windows Action Center.

Of course, you will have to have the same Microsoft account on both the phone and the system.

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CORTANA CAN NOW OPERATE EVEN ON YOUR LOCK SCREEN

Previously, you had to tap on the lock screen and then you could interact with Cortana.

But after the Windows 10 Anniversary update, Cortana can be interacted with right from the lock screen. So it is always keeping an ear out and listening to your requests.

But you will have to enable this in settings.

Picture below explains how.

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MICROSOFT EDGE IS NOW A GOOD ALTERNATIVE

If you have always avoided using Microsoft Edge, now is a good time to reconsider.

Because Windows 10 Anniversary update how upgraded Microsoft Edge in a way that it can now stand up to giants like Chrome and Firefox.

Microsoft Edge now enables extensions. Although it might take some time to support all the popular choices, it does already have a good set of extensions.

Edge now also supports pinning the tabs and clearing browsing history entirely or partially, as needed.

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