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Windows 10 is getting an overhaul. Here’s what it looks like.

Windows 10 is getting an overhaul. Here’s what it looks like.
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If you're one of the 270 million people who've downloaded Microsoft's really good Windows 10 operating system since it debuted last summer, you know it is a huge improvement over older versions of Windows.

It's fast, secure, and comes with the user-friendly Web browser Edge. Plus, a big "whew," Windows 10 brought back the Start menu that had disappeared from Windows, to almost everyone's disapproval. (Did you love or hate Windows 8? Let us know in comments below.)

Now, Windows 10's first big update is coming. Windows 10 Anniversary Update won't be released until this summer. But we've got an insider's sneak preview. Here are some of the Anniversary Update's biggest changes (with PHOTOS). Note: Windows 10 Anniversary Update will go through changes the next few months, so some of these features will change, too.

1. File Explorer unpinned

One of the best features of the current Windows 10 is that File Explorer, which you use to find photos and files you've saved, is pinned to the task bar. Just click on it at the bottom of the page and it opens, so you can start searching. However, in the current Anniversary Update preview, it's unpinned. Meaning, you have to find it by first clicking on the Start button.

Windows 10

2. Settings pinned

In the current version of Windows 10, when you click on All Apps in the Start menu, the functions File Explorer, Settings, and Power disappear. (See photo.) In the Anniversary Update, they'll remain visible. It's a small that'll make your life a little easier.

Windows 10

3. Cortana

If you use Windows 10's voice-activated assistant Cortana, you know it's great. "Hey, Cortana. Where's the closest movie theater?" In seconds, you have your answer, driving directions and more.

One problem with the always-on Cortana is that, well, it's not always on. If your screen locks, you have to start it up again. With the Anniversary Update, Cortana doesn't go into sleep mode, if your screens lock. Note: Don't worry, you can turn Cortana off, when you don't want it on.

Windows 10

4. Microsoft Edge

Finally! In the insider's preview, Windows 10's Edge has extensions. If you use add-ons or extensions on competing browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you know they're really handy. You can customize your Web experience, with extensions, for example, that show you discounts on other websites when you're shopping online.

Microsoft has been saying for months that extensions are coming to Edge, but with little to show for it. Now, the Anniversary Update has support for extensions.

Windows 10

Note: There are more changes coming to Windows 10 with its Anniversary Update. Keep reading Happening Now for more updates.

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