Windows Ink brings its stylus magic to the latest Windows 10 Insider build

A couple weeks back we saw Microsoft release a noteworthy update for Windows 10 Insiders, giving testers access to a number of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update enhancements that the company had just finished teasing at Build. Bash was a (nope, resisting that pun) hoot to get to finally try out on a Windows machine, and the ease at which we could toggle the system’s dark mode on and off had us wishing the option had been there from the beginning. But not all of the hot new Windows 10 features Microsoft told us about during its Build keynote were ready for action … at least, not just yet. Two weeks later, it’s high time for some new guests to join the party, and today we see another of these Build highlights land for Insiders, as Microsoft invites users to try out the new Windows Ink Workspace.

Windows Ink is all about making pen input a natural extension of Windows 10’s workflow, both in an effort to make pen input an easy, consistent way to interact with software, and to deliver pen-based features compelling enough to convince users they’re worth trying out in the first place.

The Workspace draws stylus-supporting apps together in one convenient place. Its screen sketch feature lets users annotate and share screengrabs, sticky notes let them quickly jot down ideas and to-do lists, and sketchpad opens up the imagination of users by giving them a blank canvas through with they can let that stylus tap into their artistic leanings. And in addition to all these system-level features, Microsoft also highlights third-party apps that offer their own stylus support.

Finally, Microsoft has simplified stylus setup procedures, letting users define hardware button operation and how the system should react to things like double-taps and other gestures. If you’ve got a stylus-equipped system and like living on the cutting edge of Windows 10 releases, give Ink a try for yourself.

Source: Microsoft

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