Favorite Features of the PC Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Favorite Features of the PC Windows 10 Anniversary Update September 10, 201617 Comments

Hi, I’m Kari, creator of Keep it Simple, DIY. I’m a lifestyle blogger with an MBA who blogs about finance, Home & DIY, blogging, and more. My main motto is that if you just try, you will succeed. The key is to Keep it Simple.

Windows Anniversary Update

Windows has been rolling out updates for the one-year anniversary of Windows 10 and I am so excited about the new features!  I’ve always been a fan of the Windows operating system on all devices including the Windows Phone.

There are so many new options with this update but here are a few of the improvements that caught my eye.


Quick Assist

This is the new feature that I am so excited about!  I am always trying to explain how to do something to my mom over the phone and it is a nightmare.  By the time we are a few minutes in we are both completely frustrated and haven’t gotten anywhere.  I’ve used products like TeamViewer in the past but even to navigate to the address bar was tough because she usually uses Google or Favorites to get around.  This program is very simple to use and I’m certain it will be very helpful!

Calendar App on Taskbar

This is fantastic!  I can now easily view my calendar events that are synced to my phone by clicking on the taskbar calendar.  I am always using the calendar in the taskbar to count weeks and days and plan for scheduling and the addition of the events is perfect!

Start Menu Apps List

I had no qualms with how the menu has been laid out in any of the previous versions, but after this update, the menu is the easiest to navigate that I’ve ever seen.  I have my favorite programs pinned as tiles and all of the programs are listed on the left.  This is very similar to the layout on my Windows phone with the only difference being that I scroll over to the right on the phone rather than looking at the left on the computer.

Smart Sticky Notes

At first I wasn’t very fond of these smart sticky notes because the ‘smart’ section covers up some of the note.  Most of my notes had a note and a web link.  Then, I was sitting at my computer and I thought of something that I wanted to do at a later time.  Typically, I would then pick up my phone and schedule a reminder in the calendar.  Instead, I decided to try using the sticky notes.  I wrote the reminder on the note and then clicked it to schedule to the calendar.  It was so easy!

Answer calls from PC

This feature hasn’t been rolled out to my computer yet, but Windows says you will soon be able to answer calls from the PC.  I can already text someone from the PC and the computer lets me know if I missed any calls.  I’m very excited to see how the phone call part works.  I did notice that the texting wasn’t the cleanest app and I had some troubles loading and knowing if the text was sent.  I haven’t tried it in a few months though.

Windows Ink

As a blogger, this is the one that I am most excited about.  Windows Ink is currently an over-app experience and it seems that you can’t save the ink.  The Windows Insiders are currently testing Windows Ink in the Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, others.  This gets me very excited because I create all of my graphics in PowerPoint.  This will make my customization so much easier!  I’ve already played around with the new feature over the screen a few times and the ruler feature is just perfect for making straight lines.


I am always so impressed with all of the cool things Windows creates.  I love all of their products (and no, I’m not sponsored or an affiliate for Windows).  Last year I actually switched to an Android phone for about two months to bridge the gap between one phone breaking and a new phone coming out and I absolutely hated it!  I complained every day about something and of course, switched right back to the Windows Phone as quickly as I could.

The seamless connection between the phone and computers and all of the great features on both products makes my blogging life and personal use so much easier!

Windows Phone Features

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Hi, I’m Kari, creator of Keep it Simple, DIY. I’m a lifestyle blogger with an MBA who blogs about finance, Home & DIY, blogging, and more. My main motto is that if you just try, you will succeed. The key is to Keep it Simple.


  1. I’m definitely starting to appreciate windows 10 as compared to before. I really did not want to upgrade until someone at home accidentally hit the yes button. These are awesome, thanks for the heads up!

  2. I don’t have a PC anymore I switched to a Mac over a year ago and have never looked back. I really enjoy my Mac and will be sticking with it for years to come. I also have an iPhone, iPad and my husband has his iPhone and iPad so we are an apple family I guess.

  3. I loved the anniversary update, there are some cool features but after it I wish I had touch screen on my laptop because there are some useful features if you have touch screen. Overall looking more stable and smoother.

  4. I didn’t switch yet to windows 10, I am still using the 8 version. These features sound really interesting. I am planning an update soon, together with a clean of my laptop so I’ll get a chance to try them out quite fast.

  5. I’m not really a Windows fan but this is a nice review into what Microsoft is doing these days! My BF has Windows 10 and I’ll forward him this article… he just installed it and is beginning to explore the tools inside 🙂


  6. I’m not a windows person but your tips and advice sound very practical and helpful. people always say that everyone is having iPhone but that’s not true. Most people around me have an anroid or windows one.

  7. I’m addicted to apple but now I don’t know how I would operate without my iPhone, macbook, watch, everything is just connected. I need to start exploring and this post is a good start.

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