Microsoft is urging users to upgrade Windows 10 Anniversary Update now
Windows 10 users could soon be facing some unwanted security issues if they fail to keep their software updated.
Microsoft has issued a hurry-up to users that have yet to upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update before it drops service support for original version of its software in May.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was released last August, a year after the initial release of Windows 10, containing a number of new upgrades and improvements to Microsoft’s original launch.
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Writing in its TechNet blog, Microsoft warns that it will be ending service support for the original build of Windows 10 this May.
This means that from the end of that month, anyone who has failed to update their PC sufficiently could be at risk of security hacks and attacks.
Microsoft says this decision continues its policy of supporting only the two most recent releases of Windows 10, with only the Anniversary Update and its recently-patched versions being included.
The note does mention the “current branch for business (CBB)” versions, meaning that consumer editions may not be as affected, but for now we will have to wait for confirmation.
Microsoft says the Windows 10 Anniversary Update offers far better security protection
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available to download now as a free upgrade, although the install process can take some time.
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The release brings a range of improvements and upgrades for users, including a redesigned Start Menu (with twice as many adverts as the previous version), new handwriting recognition software, enhanced capabilities for Cortana and more.
Express.co.uk reviewed the latest update here, stating "those who are not yet sold on Microsoft’s vision of the future of its iconic operating system will not be won round by this latest iteration. But those who are already on-board will benefit from a number of evolutionary upgrades."
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The news come shortly after Microsoft delayed a vital security update, with the latest Patch Tuesday download postponed after the company detected a “last minute issue”.
The company has recent;y revealed an all-new protection hub that will allow PC users to keep on top of all the security needs.
Microsoft says that the new Windows Defender Security Centre will ensure that, "you are protected by default and continuously protected."
Microsoft says that Windows 10 will soon offer more in-depth security protection against the likes of ransomware and other damaging attacks which could take your device offline.
The news could also mean that the next major expansion to Windows 10 could well be set for release in May.
Microsoft had been thought to be preparing Windows 10 Creators Update for release in the Spring, although most sources had pointed towards an April launch.
Windows 10 Creators Update is set to bring a number of new and improved features for Windows 10 users, targeted mainly at creative industries.
This includes better support for 3D apps and programs, and an easier way to share all your creations online.
There’s also improved gaming capability, with users able to share their exploits online, and more advanced ways to enjoy Microsoft’s exciting HoloLens headset.
And recently, the company revealed a new “lower blue light” option that will lessen the impact of staring at screens late at night, similar to the popular “Night Mode” seen on Apple’s iPhone.