A visitor tries out Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 operating system on the Surface 3 tablet device during a launch event in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
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By Lisa Eadicicco
July 25, 2016

Microsoft has recently embraced the idea of bringing some of its best products to competing platforms. Cortana, its virtual personal assistant, debuted on the iPhone and Android in December, for instance. And the company developed a version of its WordFlow touchscreen keyboard for the iPhone earlier this year.

But while some of Microsoft’s attention has been focused outside the company, its forthcoming Windows 10 update does the opposite, adding refinements to the core Windows experience. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will be available for free on August 2, brings improvements to Cortana, the Start menu, and the Surface Pen, to name a few.

Here’s a look at some of the best new features coming to Windows 10 with the update. Some other additions, like support for Microsoft’s Windows Hello facial recognition in the Edge browser, won’t be immediately available when the update rolls out.

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