Windows 10 Redstone update to bring improved pen support and better Ink support

By: Milan Stanojevic
2 minute read

Microsoft promised an array of new features with the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone update, leaving many users in a state of constant anticipation. As previously mentioned, the next Redstone update will add new features to Photos app — but that’s not all. According to a recent leak, it seems the next Redstone update will also bring improved pen support for third-party apps in the form of new features.

Leaked report reveals RadialController and InkToolbar features

A leaked report describes an improved control module called RadialController, an idea probably inspired by the circular menu once present in OneNote. While the circular OneNote menu was only available in the OneNote app, RadialController will be a native feature supporting third-party applications. We assume this menu will sport different functionality depending on the app currently being used. RadialController has limitless potential, but it remains to seen how will Microsoft implement this feature. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we get the chance to see RadialController in action and learn more about its features.

Another revealed feature, InkToolbar, is designed to provide pen users with increased accuracy while using third-party apps with pen support. A report states that InkToolbar will allow users to quickly and easily take notes and draw in Microsoft Edge. Similarly to RadialController, InkToolbar will be a system-wide feature.

Leaked reports also mention few internal changes, but InkToolbar and RadialController are without a doubt the most intriguing features in this leaked report. We assume you’re excited about these features as much as we are, but bear in mind this is just leaked information and in the end, both InkToolbar and RadialController could be completely scrapped by Microsoft — although we hope it doesn’t come to that.

These features haven’t been confirmed by Microsoft yet, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping to see them in the upcoming Insider Build.

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