Last week, as a member of the Windows Insider program (aka guinea pigs), I downloaded and installed Redstone 1 Build 14316 which is the latest Preview edition of the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update. I figured it would be relatively safe as the new OS must be getting quite close to its Release to Manufacturers (RTM) deadline. So far, that's proven to be true as Redstone 1 has been absolutely perfect and stable with no issues at all for me on either my desktop or touch-enabled laptop computers.
Opinions and experiences will vary of course on what are the most exciting new features of Windows 10, but for me so far, I think the improvements to its default browser, Microsoft Edge, rank near the top of my list. I was particularly interested in this as early this year I decided to make Microsoft Edge my default browser replacing Google Chrome. I believe that Edge, with its speed, simplicity, user friendly interface and tools is the browser of the future even though I still love Chrome!
|Microsoft Edge Finally Supports Browser Extensions|
|Edge - "first and only" browser to include native support for biometric authentication.|
|Cortana will be a whole lot smarter|
In this update, Cortana comes to the Windows 10 lock screen, so you can use Cortana to ask a question or issue a command at any time. For instance, you could simply walk by your computer while its signed off and simply say "hey Cortana, play my Bob Dylan songs" or "hey Cortana, do I have any lunches or appointments scheduled for this week?". Furthermore, Cortana will be able to understand natural conversations and automatically include additional information into the conversation. It's all kind of scary - but true and coming to a computer near you.
|Before and After views of the new Windows 10 Start Screen|
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