Security is a hot topic (and will stay one) for personal computers.For that, Microsoft has extended its fantastic Windows Hello facial recognition tech beyond the lockscreen.Microsoft isn’t detailing exactly what its next major Windows 10 update will include, but the company recently started allowing Windows Insiders to start testing what is codenamed Redstone 3.The next Windows 10 update will include power throttling for background apps, and we’re expecting to see the return of the people integration into the taskbar that was originally scheduled for the Creators Update.Apps like Drop Box, i Heart RADIO and the Edge browser will allow for facial logins.There are also alleged improvements to the recognition itself, now being able to distinguish between twins, providing adjustments for growing children, and the option to save multiple profiles (e.g. Also, to avoid accidentally logging into a system the moment you look at it, Microsoft is adding interactions — tapping the screen, nodding your head — to add a physical additional layer of security.Taking notes, sketching on screenshots, drawing ideas, setting Sticky Note reminders with Cortana; those sorts of tasks.
It might not be exciting, but it does bring organization, something that Windows always needs.
To mark this, August 2nd is the release of the Anniversary Update which brings a slew of tweaks, fixes and new features.
Before I move on, fun fact: it took 25 PC builds and 16 mobile builds for Windows Insider Program participants — the highest engagement from both testers and Microsoft ever seen with this version of the OS.
Microsoft is now committing to what it calls a “predictable twice-per-year” feature release schedule for Windows 10.
Future updates will arrive in March or September each year, and Microsoft says each feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months.
Beyond that, Microsoft is also expected to reveal some design changes, codenamed Project Neon, with the next major Windows 10 update.