Microsoft has announced that the widely anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary update will roll-out on 2nd August bringing a raft of improvements with it.

The Redmond-based firm says that as many as 350 million PCs, phones, and sundry, around the world are using the operating system. That might be a clue as to why the Anniversary update has such a strong focus on security improvements.

Windows Defender armours up

The anti-malware suite from Windows is getting two new features. The first, Advanced Threat Protection, is designed to detect and respond to malicious attacks on a user. To fight these attacks, Windows Defender will draw on what Microsoft calls “the world’s largest array of sensors”, as well as the firms own team of researchers.

Windows Information Protection is a new security feature for enterprises. This new feature will help prevent data leaks (especially accidental ones) by separating personal data from the enterprises data.

Users will now also be able to use biometrics to log in to supported websites as support for Windows Hello extends its reach to the Edge browser.

Welcome to 2013 Edge, we have HTML5 here

The native Windows 10 browser, Edge gets a few more improvements in addition to biometric log ins.

To begin with, resource requirements have been tuned to use fewer CPU cycles and less memory. The browser now also features support for “modern web standards” such as HTML5, CSS3, and ARIA. We suppose a welcome to the modern web is in order.

Great news for gamers with an XBOX One

The update will also bring with it the “Xbox Play Anywhere” feature. Simply put, XBOX gamers who buy a game digitally will be able to play the game on both the console and a Windows 10 PC. Progress, achievements and saved games are all shared across platforms so that the experience is as seamless as possible.

Cortana

Microsoft’s virtual-personal-assistant is now coming to XBOX One consoles. Similar to what Kinect used to do, users will be able to get the console running by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” to get to their games.

Once on, Cortana will reportedly help gamers find new games, and tasks such as starting a party can all be done by asking Cortana to do them.

Sadly there is no news as to when Cortana will be available in South Africa. We know that you can gain the system by switching your region from SA to the US or the UK, but we really want support for the assistant here in South Africa.

Remember, the offer to get Windows 10 for free ends on 29th July, so make sure you download the upgrade before then or you will have to pay for it.

[Source – Microsoft]