Microsoft's Build 2016 Developer Conference started earlier today with a keynote in which Microsoft revealed new information about Windows 10 and new features that would come to the operating system.
While you may have read about one or the other feature already on sites that pushed out news blurbs as soon as Microsoft employees revealed them on stage.
Anyway, this article is for those who want a single article that reveals all the important information and tidbits that Microsoft revealed during the keynote.
Anniversary Update is the name of the update that will bring many of the features mentioned by Microsoft to the Windows platform. It will come this Summer.
Windows 10 on more than 270 million devices
Microsoft revealed today that eight month after launch, Windows 10 is now on 270 million active devices. That's an increase of about 70 million devices since January 2016, when Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 was running on more than 200 million devices.
The company revealed other numbers of interest. Windows 10 users spent 75 billion hours in Windows 10, and that more than 500 new devices built specifically for the platform have been released already.
Cortana, the digital assistant, answers one million questions per day.
Improved pen and ink support
Microsoft pushed pen support with its Surface line of devices and Windows 10, and the company showcased improvements coming to pen and ink support.
Improved Windows Ink support was highlighted mostly by showcasing new app functionality, like better integration of note taking with other apps such as the calendar to have time-related data picked up automatically, or map improvements that let you draw a line between to points on the map to get information about the length between both points.
There is also a new ruler and ruler-like templates that people can use, or better proofreading support in Office.
Bash coming to Windows 10
The Linux Bash (the real one, native, according to Microsoft) will come to Windows 10 with this summer's Anniversary Update.
This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is an genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed, grep, vi, etc. It's fast and it's lightweight
Microsoft partnered with Canonical to bring Bash to Windows 10, and it will be provided as an application that users can download from Windows Store using a new Linux subsystem.
Apart from using Bash directly, it enables anyone to write and use .sh bash scripts on Windows. Also, you can use emacs and a bunch of editors directly now.
See Scott Hanselman's blog post for additional information about the integration.
Cortana becomes pro-active
Deeper integration of Cortana will come with the Anniversary update thanks to 22 new apis, the Microsoft Bot Framework and other features that introduce bot to the operating systems and apps running on it.
Cortana may, for instance, offer to buy you lunch or book a hotel room.
The digital assistant will be accessible on the lock screen, as well in apps such as Skype directly
Other changes announced
Check out Microsoft's official blog post for further information.Advertisement
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