An accidental release of a Microsoft announcement on the release date of Windows 10 Anniversary Update indicated that the new pack of improvements would go live for everyone on August 2.

And in a full press release rolled out only a few minutes ago, the company confirms that this is indeed the case, and the Anniversary Update will launch in early August.

Microsoft says that there are now 350 million devices running Windows 10, and “customer satisfaction is higher than any previous version of Windows,” recommending users to upgrade to the new operating system before July 29 to take advantage of the free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1.

Insiders getting it first

The company then goes on to detail some of the improvements coming in the Anniversary Update, highlighting the features that Cortana and Microsoft Edge will receive with this release.

“This is just a sampling of the many innovations and offerings we’re excited to deliver with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2. Upgrade today before the free offer ends July 29 or take advantage of one of the amazing new deals on a new Surface or PC so you’re all set to enjoy it this summer! Thanks again for all of your support for Windows 10; we’re committed to keeping the innovations for you coming!” Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, says.

The final version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will go live for insiders ahead of everyone else, as the company wants to make sure that everything will run smoothly before the update is installed by retail users too. It’s not yet clear when insiders are going to get this final build, but work on preview releases continues these days, and more builds should go live in the coming days and weeks.

Previous information revealed that Microsoft wants to label the Anniversary Update as version 1607, but the chances are that the company will now simply call it 1608.

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