Microsoft Build developer for 2016

Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference is this week, and the company has a number of significant updates planned for Windows 10’s one-year anniversary. While Microsoft has moved away from specific update branding like Service Packs or point updates, it has to call them something — in this case, the Anniversary Update - which aims to fix the detected bugs and boost the user experience of using the lastest Windows 10 operating system.

At the conference, Redmond revealed that it now has 270 million Windows 10 users, which makes Windows 10 the fastest-adopted operating system the company has ever shipped, by a long shot. Adoption is outpacing even Windows 7 by 145%, though the company isn’t on-pace to achieve its one billion target goal within two years — at least, not yet. The only way to drive that level of replacement is if corporations start shifting to Windows 10 in large numbers, or if consumers finally begin purchasing replacement PCs. How much the company can depend on either trend is unclear.

Windows 10, Xbox One, and gaming

One of the major changes coming to the Windows 10 platform doesn’t involve the PC at all, but the Xbox One. Microsoft already allows for game streaming between an Xbox One and a Windows 10 PC, but that compatibility is expanding significantly with the Anniversary Update. Post-update, the Xbox One will be able to run any Windows 10 Universal Application.

The Anniversary Update will allow gamers to actually disable V-Sync and will improve support for multi-GPU configurations. Other issues, like the complete lack of modding support or any kind of editable INI configuration, are not addressed in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — at least, not yet. The company will have to work to rehabilitate its image after recent launches mostly flopped.

Cortana will also be coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft seems to think this will be a major appeal for the platform; the Windows Store is getting a new section devoted to applications that integrate Cortana.

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