Microsoft appears to have inadvertently disclosed that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release will be available from 2 August, at the same time delivering new preview builds for the PC and Mobile branches of the operating system.
An entry on the News Centre area of Microsoft's website said: 'Microsoft announces Windows 10 anniversary update available Aug. 2.' But it has since been removed.
The speculation is that Microsoft published the news release earlier than intended. The date is slightly later than the end of July that had been expected.
Update: Microsoft has now published a blog post confirming the 2 August release date.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be the second major update for the Windows 10 platform, following the November Update last year, and is set to introduce enhancements to security via Windows Hello, Windows Ink for better pen-driven input, and improvements to the Cortana digital assistant.
Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to deliver preview builds to testers on the Windows Insider evaluation programme. The latest is Build 14376 for PC and Mobile for Windows Insiders signed up for the Fast Ring releases, while Microsoft is also preparing to release the earlier Build 14372 for PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders on the Slow Ring.
As with recent releases, Build 14376 comprises mainly improvements and fixes rather than new features, as Microsoft makes a concerted effort to get the code up to the required quality in time for the Anniversary Update release.
"The late nights continue in Redmond and this build has nearly 1,800 fixes over the last build," said Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider programme, announcing the new build on the Windows Experience blog.
On the PC side, the fixes include a Windows Store update (11606.1001.25) that improves performance and reliability, and another to address a fault that could result in the Windows Explorer shell crashing after receiving a notification from Microsoft Edge.
The Mobile version of Windows 10 gets the same Windows Store update, while the Gadgets app has been updated to fix problems when using it with a Microsoft Display Dock.
More details on the fixes and improvements in Build 14376 are listed on the Window Experience Blog.
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