Microsoft reveals new features for Windows 10 Anniversary

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Microsoft reveals new features for Windows 10 Anniversary

Microsoft has announced the new features coming to Windows 10 in its first anniversary update.

The update will be available to current Windows 10 users, who can still download the operating system for free until the offer expires on 29 July.

Facial recognition tool Windows Hello can now be integrated into third-party applications like Dropbox. Users can log in to applications by scanning their facial features through their device's camera without having to type a password.

Windows Hello will be integrated into Microsoft Edge, the browser introduced with Windows 10 last year, including support with third-party websites. Edge is also getting a handful of new updates like support for extensions, web notification integration with the Windows 10 action centre and automatic browsing history wipes.

Microsoft has big plans for stylus users. The new Windows Ink introduces a new panel with different applications like Sticky Notes, which can be accessed by pressing the stylus button. Windows Ink can also be activated from the lock screen.

Sticky Notes can detect hand-writing with Cortana enabled and schedule meetings based on whether the user writes key words like dates, times or contacts.

Microsoft's personal assistant Cortana can be activated from the lock screen. The application allows users to perform tasks using their voice like checking weather, playing music and setting reminders without having to log in. The app won't be able to access personal or sensitive information unless the user gives it permission.

The update will begin rolling out on 2 August.

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