Latest Windows 10 build makes Windows Ink a more powerful tool

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows Ink received mammoth updates with build 14352, offering a brand-new user experience to Insiders. We expected Windows Ink to be one of the main tools Microsoft would be focusing on improving taken into account recent information. Microsoft teamed up with Adobe in April with the specific purpose of improving Ink with future Windows 10 updates.

Some of these features can already be tested out, while others will land soon. Microsoft could actually introduce more Ink features at Computer 2016 next month. Let us get back to the subject at hand and see what Ink improvements this build brings.

You can now create Cortana reminders from your Sticky Notes that will flow with you across your Cortana enabled devices. You can now access other apps directly from the Note: ink or type a phone number and it readies itself for calling; write an email address and launch the email, write a URL and connect to Microsoft Edge to go the respective website.  Sticky Notes now shows a small sticky note icon when hovering over the app in the taskbar.

You can also manage all your jotted-down bulleted items into a checklist and organize everything more clearly.  However, certain features may present availability and language limitations, which will be solved in future updates.

The Windows Ink ruler now includes a compass. The compass indicator becomes bold when the ruler is oriented in the direction of the cardinal points or midpoints.

The Sketchpad feature also received numerous improvements. If you tap Esc or the Win + S or Win + D key combinations, you can dismiss Sketchpad. Many ink strokes are present on the canvas when opening Sketchpad. Sketchpad and Screen Sketch will now default to touch inking ON for non-pen devices. From now on, they will also remember the state of the button when you launch again the Windows Ink Workspace.

The bug forcing users to tap twice to open Sketchpad from the Windows Ink Workspace has now been fixed.

Build 14352 offers a plethora of app improvements and fixes, and is definitely one of the best builds Microsoft released so far. We expect all future builds to be at least as good as the current build given the fact that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is scheduled for June 29.


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