Microsoft Brings Windows 10 Pen Support to Foreground

By CIOReview | Monday, April 4, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft flagship operating system already supports digital inking, but now Microsoft’s Windows 10 has plans to tighten the grip by turning stylus into an integral part of the Windows experience. This update will be soon out on the eve of Windows 10’s very first anniversary, in order to improve the Windows 10 Pen Support and acquire more users. Earlier in San Francisco, at Microsoft’s Build developer conference it was unveiled with the starting keynote that they will expand the pen support for more applications and tasks.

Reported by Pedro Hemandez in the eWEEK article that Microsoft is planning to assist the users to create and collaborate with the Windows Ink better. Microsoft wants to combine the simplicity and speed of pen and paper with the power of the PC.

Inspite of leveraging the connected devices capable of capturing information, a lot of people prefer pen and paper to quickly note down the facts and figures or scribble digital workflows. While explaining about the effectiveness of Windows Ink, the company mentioned that every year 3M sells 50 Bn sticky notes.

Stylus is embedded with a button as well as an eraser. Clicking on the stylus button enables users to enter into the Ink Workspace. Start menu on the right side of the screen shows three tasks that are commonly used — Sticky Notes, Sketchpad and Screen Sketch. It also provides history of recently used pen-enabled apps and a section with suggested apps which feature Windows Ink support and a link to more apps.

Additionally, it declared that it works with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on Windows Ink devices. Microsoft has also collaborated with Wacom to develop a ‘high quality writing instrument built for Windows Ink,’ which will be available in stores shortly.