First look: Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview

The summer update will include a variety of new features, some of which are available in the latest Insider build.

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The first big update to Windows 10 will come this summer, a year after the operating system's initial launch, with the release of what Microsoft is calling the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

The update's exact release date hasn't been set yet. Windows 10 was officially released on July 29, 2015 -- but that doesn't mean that the Anniversary Update will hit on the exact date.

When it is ready, the update will be delivered -- as usual -- via Windows Update. (For information about how Windows Update works, check out my article explaining how to handle Windows 10 updates.) That means you won't have to do anything manually -- it will install automatically on its own.

But you don't have to wait until the official release date to install and use the update. Microsoft is releasing preview builds well before then -- including one that you can install today.

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