Windows 10 Anniversary Update available August 2

Microsoft announced today that the much awaited Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be available on August 2.

The Anniversary Update will introduce a massive set of new features and improvements to Windows 10.

This includes among many other things Linux Bash support, extensions for Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink for better ink support, Cortana updates and improvements, and more.

Apart from that, it will feature changes that improve the usability and day to day activities when using the operating system.

Some have said that the Anniversary Update turns Windows 10 into the operating system that it should have been from the start.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update available August 2

windows10 anniversary update august 2

Up until now, Microsoft revealed only that it would release the Anniversary Update in Summer 2016. The company did not go into details up until now, but most assumed that the update would be released around the one-year mark of release of Windows 10.

Turns out, this is indeed the case. A Microsoft Press news post revealed that Microsoft will make the Windows 10 Anniversary Update available on August 2.



The announcement was only available as a headline briefly on Microsoft's News Center website, but seems to have been pulled by Microsoft again. The article it linked to never went live, and it appears that Microsoft pulled the headline in the meantime as well.

Update: Microsoft published the announcement on the official Windows blog and confirmed August 2, as the day the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be made available.

When you try to open the linked article you get an "oops! that page can't be found" error message, and the list of news does not list the headline either anymore.

Read also:  What we know about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Still, the date would make sense considering that the one-year Anniversary of Windows 10 is on July 29.

While there is still a possibility that Microsoft will adjust the date in the coming month or so, it seems unlikely that this is going to happen.

July 29 is also the date where the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 expires. Microsoft announced previously that it won't be extended, and that users have only until July 29, 2016 to take Microsoft up on the offer. (via Caschy)

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  1. jasray June 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Guess it makes corporate sense: Instill a sense of dread in users so that they will upgrade to an old, outdated, somewhat "buggy" Windows 10 version; then, two or three days later release the "new and improved" Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2 with "a massive set of new features and improvements to Windows 10."

    Doesn't make sense to me.

    • Andrew June 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      The anniversary update is like SP1. XP and vista both were pretty buggy when they were released until SP1. Windows 98 even had a "second edition" just a year later. Same thing Microsoft has always done, just with different marketing.

      • Tom Hawack June 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

        Except that Win10 is not its predecessors .
        "Some have said that the Anniversary Update turns Windows 10 into the operating system that it should have been from the start.". I wouldn't bet on that. Windows 10, IMO, is bound for another thrilling chapter of problems and D Day 2016-08-02 is more a marketing circus to convince the undecided than a modern times' miracle. Miracle because when problems have the intensity of those specific to Win10 they don't get solved from one update to another, even for an anniversary. See you within a month and we'll talk about it.

      • Andrew June 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

        No argument there. Well, the nice thing about when it's released is that the "free upgrade" fiasco will be over with (hopefully). But of course there's going to be newer bugs in the release because each new release includes new features, that will probably not be fixed until the next "cumulative patch" as it seems to be how it's going.

      • Tom Hawack June 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

        Andrew, the problem with Win10 up to now is that it hasn't stopped from being a new release on every update, and that the very nature of the OS is that of an everlasting update, continuously revamped with 24/7/365 modifications out of the user's control. Of course everything is perfectible but Win10 had been delivered unfinished, filled with problems and the question is, when will it be ready, out of the box, to offer at least what its predecessors (Win7/8.1) without having to spend hours searching for basics, modify them, and have them removed with the next update. I happen to believe it won't be for tomorrow.

  2. Anonymous June 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    I look forward to this new version reinstalling store apps, changing my firewall rules, my services, my registry adjustments, my settings, and some drivers, and generally making me threaten to use linux only once more!

    • Andrew June 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      haha, then stop complaining and just switch to linux.

      • Tom Hawack June 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

        Haha, haha, haha ... you're a funny boy, right?
        People complain because they have problems with an unfinished OS. Is that funny?
        Ha hah ha ha ha ...

      • Andrew June 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

        No, it's funny people keep complaining and talking about "moving to linux". The poster already said "making me threaten to use linux only once more", so my question is "then why isn't (s)he?". Seriously, if you are going to complaining about the OS you are using, then switch to a different OS and stop complaining. Do you think it's fine to consistently complain and threaten to move to a different OS instead of actually doing it to make yourself happier?

      • Tom Hawack June 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

        The apparent paradox you mention, Andrew, is because users like, or liked their Microsoft OS, some grew up with it, with 95, XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 ... took their habits, were used to an OS which ran fine (even Vista!) and are split between a non-hatred approach to Microsoft and, well, their problems, sometimes tremendous, with Windows 10, so they say "Beware, I may very well move on to Linux" as one can as well threaten his partner to quit her/him and doesn't because there's no hatred but only disappointment. That's how many of us are, me included anyway. And one day, well we might split, for good. Or not.

      • Mike O June 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

        I'll stay with Windows 7. I am [not yet ready] to join the Linux community which is estimated to be only 1.55% of computer users worldwide.

        Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

      • Tom Hawack June 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

        Mike O, I'm sticking with Win7 as well but will come a time (January 2020) when a choice will be imperative, either Win10 either another OS either entering in the "XP syndrome" (using a highly famous and cherished OS many years after its end-of-cycle).

        Linux community being estimated to be only 1.55% of computer users worldwide shouldn't be a handicap, at least not in terms of the quota : best is not always a majority. I have friends here who seem to be true geeks ("seem" to me because I am not myself above Earth!), all running Linux and who tell me that a Windows OS is to Linux what Visual Basic is to Python : basic but helpful for the newcomers, providing a set of pseudo-utilities handled by an armada of macro-commands for the sake of the user's ignorance to drive the machine, all provided with the counter-part of sneaking on all of the user's choices.

        I don't know. If I remain lazy by 2020 I'll probably buy a new computer with Win10 installed. I won't have lost a dime compared to the terrific free Win10 upgrade considering a new computer free of an OS ("naked") is the same price, here in France anyway even if it is possible to hire a lawyer to respect the law, law here which considers the price rebate for a naked computer.

        If I get rid of my laziness by 2020 I'll enter a new world, that of a Microsoft-free OS. Linux probably.

    • flyli5411 June 29, 2016 at 12:39 am #

      Damn stop scaring microsoft with your lame threats of going to linux
      DAMN !...GO ....
      One less Troll !

  3. windows June 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    Linux bash support? Does it mean I can use SSH without installing any 3rd party programs anymore?

    • Martin Brinkmann June 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

      Yes you can run ssh and other tools such as apt, find or rsync.

      • jasray June 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

        Actually, if one looks a bit deeper in the system and has one of the later builds, Windows 10 has its own SSH server and client. Get that!

  4. pHROZEN gHOST June 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Extensions for Edge.

    Watch the laptop battery test outcomes change as Edge tries to become a real web browser.

  5. John Scott July 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Personally, I have felt like I have been a beta tester from the release of Windows 10. How long does it take to iron out all the bugs? So this anniversary edition is finally the stable release? I won't bet on it.

    • pHROZEN gHOST July 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

      I have to agree there JS. I got into Win10 last July. The first update left my computer in a bad state. Microsoft has always had lots of issue with their OSes.

  6. mohammad amjad October 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    my question is what is the last date of anniversary update avilability

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