The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available August 2, 2016. This is a large 3GB update with lots of new features and improvements as well as the depreciation of other low usage features. This update will be free to current Windows 10 users.
For home Windows 10 users the update will be automatically installed. For domain business users the update will be optional but is recommended by Microsoft.
If you need to delay the update Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can delay the upgrade by at least four months. In Windows 10 version, go to Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options and click the Defer Upgrades check box.
For Windows 7 users Microsoft is making its last big push to get the Windows 7 operating systems upgraded. On July 29, 2016 the Windows 10 upgrade will no longer be free and will cost $119 for home edition and $199 for Pro Edition.
Here is a brief summary of what’s new in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?
- Cortana is getting a big update, and you will not be able to turn it off.
- The Edge browser is getting a big update.
- Windows Defender is getting a big update and new features.
- New pen and ink features and updates for touch screens
- Xbox Gaming Integration
- New IT deployment for schools.
- New Personal Logon Screen
- New Dark Themes
- Linux Friendly Bash Shell
- Changes to the Start Menu
- Action Center Update
- New Fingerprint Sensor update
What is being removed?
- Wifi Sense sharing
- Kids Corner
- Sleep / Hibernation
- No more nags to upgrade
Should you update to Windows 10 from 7 or upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary? It really depends upon if your business environment is ready. Are all your applications and hardware devices Windows 10 ready with drivers and stated that they will work under Windows 10? If so you can upgrade. If not, then it is simple, the applications and devices need to be updated before upgrading to Windows 10. Windows 7 Extended support will end 1/14/2020.
If you miss out on the free Windows 10 upgrade, your low cost option is when you are ready to replace the computer, then get it with Windows 10 (When you are ready!). The newer hardware will be better for Windows 10 anyway.
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