The Windows 10 Annniversary update is coming, and it comes with many new features. Microsoft is said to be releasing at least one major feature update each year, and presumably that update may be around the one year anniversary mark.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has many new features. Cortana has a more extensive feature list, though we aren’t sure how successful the virtual assistant will be yet. Microsoft has changed its plans for Skype. It is going to get a universal app sometime during Windows 10’s prime years and the current desktop app will be removed. There is now a Linux-like command line that allows you to run Linux commands. Windows bloatware can be removed by resetting the PC via Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and selecting Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows. There is also a redesigned Start menu. The Windows Calendar is available in the taskbar. And there are still loads more features.

One thing most Windows users don’t realize though is that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has also made it more appealing for developers. That is indeed what Microsoft means when it says this update brings more developer opportunities and experiences.

Here is what Microsoft had to say about its features targetting at three different types of developers:

Web developers have had great success with Windows 10 Hosted Web Apps, driving greater engagement and high store reviews, including American Express, BBC Sport, Yahoo Mail, zulily, and many, many more. But they consistently had one ask before they could make Windows 10 their primary development environment – and today, we responded, sharing that you’ll be able to run native bash on Windows.

Win32 and .Net developers have been seeking to extend their applications with Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and distribute their apps in the Windows Store. Today, we shared our new desktop app converter for Project Centennial, which will enable them to do just that.

.Net developers have been seeking a way to share more of their code across platforms. Xamarin will help make that possible!

Source: Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings New Experiences and Developer Opportunity