15 new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The first thing you'll notice in the Anniversary Update is the Start menu...it's different. There's no longer an "All apps" menu. Instead, all of your installed apps appear in a list on the left side of the Start menu. To the left of this list, you'll see icons for your account, downloads, File Explorer, Settings and Power. To the right of this list you'll see the tiles and live tiles.

A funkier taskbar

The Windows 10 taskbar gets some cool tweaks in the Anniversary Update, including prettier right-click menus and a dedicated section in the Settings menu. You'll find it under Personalization > Taskbar.

The taskbar clock and calendar are now combined -- click the clock and you'll see the time and a list of your day's events. And if you have multiple displays set up, the clock now appears on all of them.

Edge extensions

Windows 10 will get more pen and stylus friendly with Windows Ink, a new pen-centric experience that lets you use your active stylus throughout the operating system. Windows Ink comes with its own special workspace, which you can access through an icon in the system tray.

There's also a handful of new apps, including a screen sketch app that lets you scribble on screenshots in a manner similar to Microsoft Edge's Inking feature. Ink will also be integrated into existing apps, and key apps will have special features such as being able to draw custom routes in the Maps app.

Stylus users will be able to customize their pen's buttons and settings from the Devices tab of the Settings menu.

Cortana on the lock screen

Cortana will make a small -- but convenient -- move to the lock screen. Once this feature is enabled, you'll be able to access Cortana by saying "Hello, Cortana" or by tapping the Cortana icon on the lock screen. Microsoft's digital assistant will be able to perform a variety of tasks from the lock screen, such as looking up directions, scheduling appointments or creating reminders.

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