Happy Anniversary: Windows 10's big new update begins rolling out for PCs

One year (...and four days) ago, Microsoft launched Windows 10 for PCs. In November, it released its first major update to the OS - called, appropriately, the 'November update' - along with the first smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile.

Today, after months of testing among 7 million Windows Insiders around the world, Microsoft began the global rollout of its next big update for Windows 10.

And make no mistake - the Anniversary Update (known also as Version 1607; yes, referring to July 2016, even though it's now August...) is a major upgrade for the OS. Here are just a few highlights of what the new update offers:

The rollout

Microsoft points out that the Anniversary Update is now "being rolled out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with the newer machines first". The update will be pushed to devices automatically through Windows Update "starting with the newer machines first".

However, Microsoft says that "if you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out to you, you can manually get the update yourself on your personal PC" via Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update.


You can find out more about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in our reviews:

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