Microsoft revamps family features on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PCs started rolling out more than two weeks ago, bringing with it a variety of new features and improvements. Now, Microsoft has sent out an email to many of its customers, informing them that the family features on PCs have also been revamped with the Anniversary Update.

Microsoft states that users will now be able to manage their family settings for Windows phones, PCs and Xbox in one unified place. Additionally, users can add family members directly from their account instead of sending email invites manually. The company has also mentioned that parents can monitor their child's online activities through weekly emails which can be configured via the family account.

Microsoft is now allowing parents to set screen times for their children, which can be viewed in the calendar. When the child runs out of screen time, parents will be able to allot more, even without access to the internet. Similarly, if the kid asks permission to visit a blocked site, parents will get a toast notification on their Windows 10 PCs, from where they can choose whether to allow or to restrict access to the site.

The Redmond giant claims that most common browsers don't have web filtering features, and has stated that "to keep your children safer, we'll automatically block these browsers on their devices. You can always choose to allow your child to use other browsers."

Lastly, the company is also working on a better family-friendly experience for its Windows Store, stating that parents will be able to set allowances as to how much money their children can spend in the store, review credit card and billing information, and allow access only to age-appropriate content. You can learn more about Microsoft's family features here, and set up your account here.

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