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Five things your business needs to know about the Windows 10 anniversary update: Cortana, Ink, security and future update cycle

By Scott Carey | Aug. 4, 2016
The main features for consumer and IT teams to look out for in the Windows 10 anniversary update

One of the most regularly attacked enterprises on the planet, The US Department of Defense, will be moving four million devices to Windows 10 over the next year, predominantly off the back of its interest in the Device Guard feature, according to Epstein. The security feature - which was announced back in April - gives organisations the ability to lock down hardware devices to protect against malware and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).

Read next: 8 reasons why your business should upgrade to Windows 10

Advanced threat detection now comes in the form of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) to give security teams better visibility of threats. Then there is Windows Information Protection, formerly referred to as enterprise data protection, to better separate corporate and personal data as more and more employees use their devices for work and leisure.

The biometric login facility Windows Hello has also been extended to work with supported sites within the Edge web browser. So you can log in to sites and within individual Windows apps, cutting down on the usage of passwords.

3. Ink is actually pretty cool

Epstein says that Ink, the writing tool for the Surface range of devices, is now a core part of Windows 10. "Whilst we have supported pen in the past, now we are trying to make it deeply embedded within the operating system," he says. "We want to make it as easy to use as a pen and paper. You should be able to just open your machine and start writing."

In practice simply clicking the bluetooth pen will open the Ink workspace immediately without having to log in. Here you can quickly jot to a document, a sticky note or over a screen grab. This can then be shared straight to colleagues in OneNote, Dropbox or any other supported application your company uses for collaboration and file share.

What's cool about Ink is the recognition capability. During the demo Epstein hand wrote the word 'tomorrow,' which was then recognised as an actionable word. Right click on that and you can ask Cortana to create an appointment. If you were to jot down a flight number Cortana will pull Bing results for that flight and update you if anything changes.

Microsoft is also hoping that third-party app developers will start to integrate Ink capabilities with its open API. To use Ink you will need a compatible device and the Microsoft Surface pen costs £49.99.

4. There will be one feature-rich update a year

It is believed that Microsoft will be releasing one 'feature update' a year as it moves to a more continuous update cycle, which it calls 'Windows-as-a-Service', much like Apple users have become used to with iOS.

 

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