On Tuesday, August 2, Microsoft has begun to distribute to its customers 2016's major Windows 10 "Anniversary Update".
According to Computerworld, the update is accessible via the operating system's update service and it comes as an "anniversary update" of the inaugural Windows 10 edition released on July 29, 2015. The upgrade has been officially tagged as "1607," to indicate year and month. The update code has assigned the build number 14393.10.
The new Windows 10 update will be received by the majority of users on Microsoft's schedule. Those Windows 10 users who want to download the update immediately can do so by simply manually triggering in the Settings panel a check for updates.
Microsoft executive Michael Fortin explained in a blog post that those users who have chosen to have automatically installed updated on their device will have the Anniversary Update rolled out automatically through Windows Update. Those users running Windows 10 Pro will be able to delay the update, but not indefinitely. The only users who can permanently block the Anniversary Update are owners of the Windows 10 Enterprise.
Fortin also stated that the update will be queued on Windows Update in phases to catch and correct unforeseen bugs before they reach entire base of users and to minimize the impact on the content delivery network's (CDN) bandwidth and servers. The newer machines will get the update first.
Microsoft's support site is providing the Windows 10 Upgrader tool that can help users to get their 1607 update. The site also makes available disk images of 1607 update in .iso format.
Microsoft has also posted a free evaluation copy of 1607 version of Windows 10 Enterprise. The evaluation copy is fully functional for three months but expires after 90 days. In order to have access to a free evaluation copy of Entreprise users are required to just have a Microsoft Account.
According to PCWorld, the Windows 10 update is rolling out to PCs first. It is still unknown when a similar update will be rolled out for phones running Windows 10 Mobile.