Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update Brings 10 Best New Features

Happy Birthday, Windows 10!
Celebrating Windows 10’s first ever birthday Microsoft finally releases an anniversary update to its software. Available from Aug 2, this update is totally free and is featuring lots of upgrades to the PC software of Microsoft, with the inclusion of selfie login for apps and websites, and also an unlocked Cortana as well.
Windows 10 Update
Through software updates, the company launches new features, the first of which is not the product launches, but the anniversary upgrade.
Here are the 10 best new features of the anniversary upgrade:

1. Better for Tablet:
Now get better usability on the tablet by the refresh of the Start menu which combines the tiles from Windows 8 with the real Start bar. It means that you don’t require going an additional step for seeing every app on your PC.

2. Get notifications on different devices:
Windows 10 helps you get notifications from iOS, Android and Windows devices direct to your PC.

3. Microsoft Edge extensions:
For engaging more people, Windows 10 anniversary update supports extensions for Microsoft’s Edge browser. They are quite same as Chrome extensions and ones like EverNote, LastPass, 1Password and AdBlock are already available.

4. Dark theme:
Windows 10 anniversary upgrade features an option of using your PC in dark mode, i.e. a black background with white text.

5. Project to PC:
Using this new option in Windows 10 anniversary update, now you can mirror any content on your computer, tablet or a phone to a PC running Windows 10.

6. Windows Hello for apps and websites:
Microsoft is improving Windows Hello which helps you log into your PC with fingerprint scan or selfie, including support for some apps and sites on the Edge browser.cortana

7. Cortana collection:
This feature on Windows Store helps you easily find the apps which work with the intelligent assistant.

8. Cortana improvements:
Cortana, the digital assistant of Microsoft is gaining more improvement in Windows 10 anniversary update. Now it can speak more languages than before, scan your emails and calendar to help you organize your meetings and setting alarms.

9. Cortana unlocked:
In its anniversary update to its digital assistant Cortana, Microsoft has included the capacity of calling for help without requiring for logging into your device.

10. Windows Ink:
This is the best part of Windows 10 anniversary update. It has added Surface Book’s Stylus, with the inclusion of a hub for apps which supports a Snapchat-style app, Sketchpad, and Sticky Notes. It also works with Office, Microsoft Edge, and Maps.
Well, this update is not a complete update. Many other updates will arrive in coming years.


HTC 10 won’t get Windows 10 Model

It seems that we will not see a Windows logo on a HTC smartphone ever again or either anytime soon. The HTC One M8 for Windows released back in the year 2014 was basically a Windows Phone running version of the Android One M8 phone. So, when there were rumors that HTC’s upcoming flagship will get a Windows 10 model, some people thought that the company will pull the same stunt with this phone as well, just like it did with the One M8 in the past.


Although the One M9 did not get a Windows Phone variant but still there were some expectations from the One M10 to come running Windows 10 as well. According to the latest rumors, this upcoming Windows phone model of the Taiwanese giant was to be called HTC 10 and not HTC One M10 anymore. But now there are some leaks from @evleaks, Evan Blass, stating that this smartphone will not get an iteration of the HTC 10 running Windows 10 mobile.

So, we can say that the Taiwanese giant will stay with the Android operating system for its high-end smartphone, at least this year. On the other hand, if you are looking for a high-end Windows powered phone then you can go for the smartphone from some other manufacturers who recently announced their flagship phones at the MWC event.


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: Software and Features

The Lumia 950 phone runs on the latest Windows 10 operating system, which looks more interesting than the hardware of this handset. This phone is not provided by the fingerprint sensor but there is Windows Hello feature from Microsoft that allows you to unlock your phone with the help of your eyes. Just look at the front facing camera of this phone and the lens will automatically detect that you are a registered user or not and will then unlock the phone.

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However, for getting a perfect result you will be required to hold the phone close to your face and keep it steady for Windows Hello to work. This will make you look a bit daft is you are out somewhere and can also prove out a bit tricky if you are walking. Also, in dark environment you will fail to get your phone unlocked using the Windows Hello feature. Instead, you will be forced to get it unlocked by entering a PIN. Even when Windows Hello feature is working it’s never faster than tapping the four digit code onto the phone using your fingers. A fingerprint sensor similar to the one on Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 is most preferable.

Another interesting feature of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL handset is the Windows Continuum, which allows you to attach your device to a TV or monitor through HDMI or Display Port and create a temporary desktop. We can say that Windows Continuum is a game changer feature from the manufacturer as it proves out that the mobile phones can replace almost anything on Tech available.

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This new features doesn’t come to you free of cost with the Microsoft phone but you will be required to pay £100 to enjoy it on your handset.


Microsoft Lumia will be rolled out by early February

Microsoft’s Lumia 650 phone was seen in the leaked images for the first time last month end. Now, a new report revealed that the manufacturer will make it official early next month i.e. 1st February. As per reports, the unveiling will be a low key affair. Also, it is revealed that this mid-range handset will get its availability as well as pricing released by next month.

We can expect to get this handset announced in a blog post and not in a dedicated media event. Also, recently leaked smartphones of the company, Lumia 750 and Lumia 850 are cancelled and will not be rolled out by Microsoft at the MWC event this year. Microsoft has announced that this will be the first and last phone from the maker for 2016 and we should not expect any other phone from the company to get rolled out this year. However, the rumored Surface Phone will also be on track though.

Recently, the predecessor of the phone Lumia 640 has received the Windows 10 update which is actually yet to be released for a number of Lumia phones from Microsoft. A recent leak from Europe has revealed that this handset with the new Windows 10 operating system will be priced at $222.


New Microsoft App will inform you if your Lumia phone is eligible for Windows 10 update

The Lumia users are growing impatient these days, as the Windows 10 update is taking a bit longer than expected and is becoming even more longer and confusing affair than ever predicted. Microsoft’s new mobile operating system will not remain reserved for the new offers such as Lumia 950 and Lumia 550 but will be rolled out for the other device from Microsoft as well.

However, initially the phones which were set to be updated to the new Windows 10 by the end last year are now expected to release by early 2016. On the other hand, there is still confusion regarding the exact list of phones that will be receiving the update soon. Also, as everybody seems to release a slightly different list of devices getting the update than was said previously. So, we are assuming that Microsoft can also do something varied from early rumors and to the official carrier announcements.

Recently, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 640 smartphones are now receiving the Windows 10 update being rolled out as an OTA (over-the-air) version. Now, there are reports that the US giant has finally decided to put an end to the whole confusion relating to the Windows 10 update for its Lumia devices. A new app from the manufacturer is under works which will now tell the users whether there phone is eligible for the Windows 10 update or not.

This app called “Dubbed Upgrade Advisor” is designed to be a one stop source for the questions related to the Windows 10 update and a source for the tips on how to prepare your phone for this new firmware from the maker. Most importantly, there is a question in the mind of the users whether their handset is eligible for the update or not. This question will now be put to an end by Microsoft. Microsoft store is already providing the app for downloading but it is still marked as a beta version and is not available for everyone.

At the same time, there are a few known requirements to receive this update which are described here for you. Firstly, the Lumia phone you own should have atleast 8GB internal storage out of which 1.5GB is free as a minimum for the installment process to start. The current software version available on your phone must be 8.10.14219.341 or higher. In other words, the Lumia phone you have should also have the Lumia Denim update already installed. Also, as we know currently, the initial Windows 10 build that is going to be installed to the legacy devices is numbered 10.0.10586.29.


Alcatel OneTouch announced a new Windows 10 phone, the Fierce XL

According to the reports, Alcatel OneTouch has unveiled a new smartphone based on the Windows 10 OS, the Fierce XL. However, this operating system might be something over stated for a device that gets processing power from a Snapdragon 210 chipset but it’s true.

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL comes with a 5.5 inch display and 720 pixels resolution which is again protected by Dragontrail Glass. This Snapdragon chip packs a quad core processor with Cortex A7 architecture clocked at 1.1 GHz speed. It has been provided by 2GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB which can be expanded further with micro SD card.


It has an 8MP camera at the back of the phone with an LED flash to enable it to click high quality pictures even in low light conditions. This camera can capture videos at 720 pixels resolution. The front facing camera of this handset is 2MP. Alcatel’s phone measures 151.9 x 77.8 x 9.4 mm and weighs about 174 grams.

The manufacturer has built this smartphone using plastic and has provided it with 2,500 mAh battery. It is really good for 14 hours call and takes just 3 hour charging time. Alcatel’s Fierce XL has all basic connectivity needs covered such as 2G quad band, triple band 3G, Cat.4 LTE over three bands. This phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 4.1. As per reports, this handset will be available in Light Blue color only starting later this month.


Apple iOS9 Vs Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile

iOS 9 is new and latest operating system which is used in Apple iPhones . This new operating system has all the latest and speedy features which really boost the speed of the device. Windows 10 is a new operating system which is used in Microsoft smart phones.
Windows 10 mobile applications are arranged in an alphabetical order which is easy to find and use whereas on the other side apple iOS 9 is arranged on a springboard in a grid manner. Notification is seen in notification centre of both the operating system.

Assistant : Siri has come in iPhone 4s as a virtual assistant. It allows to communicate with phone to do various task like making calla, open apps and many more. On the other side the windows 10 mobiles has Cortana which is really better than Siri. It holds advanced features which let the smart phone user use with windows 10 like finding a person on facebook app.
In iOS9, apple has introduced a feature in which Siri communicate with different applications.


Phones with latest Operating System

Apple iOS 9 has been seen in new devices of Apple like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.
Windows 10 mobile operating system is installed in Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones.

Beta software

Microsoft windows 10 mobile really look good as some new features are added which really improves the functionality of the device. The windows 10 mobile has 10511 approx build numbers for insiders.
Apple iOS 9 Beta 5 has pushed to developers except of few problems but iOS9 is a nice operating system to go for.


Updated features

Apple iOS 9 has updated a new feature which is known as Stack View for the applications. Some of the new applications are Proactive assistant, code and multitasking that really improves the battery performance and gives the device amazing battery backup.
Windows 10 has made a remarkable improvement in Cortana. It has even a custom background image too. Word and PowerPoint is also added by the Microsoft and edge browser.


iOS9 and Windows 10 give an edge to edge competition to each other. Both the operating system is latest and has given the smart phones amazing look which make them really attractive. It really depend upon the user which he like or nor according to the need. From security point of view and user preference Apple iOS 9 is better.