Microsoft has been actively developing new builds and testing features within Windows 10. The latest Windows 10 build being sent out to participants of the Windows 10 Insider Program now have some improved functionality within the Windows Ink Workspace. Apart from resizing the feature to make it more practical and user-friendly, the feature now has Whiteboard integration and other experimental features that may or may not make to the final build.
The latest Windows 10 Build 18912 20H1 update that Microsoft has offered to Windows Insider program members brings with it several bug fixes. It also brought with it some new features to Windows 10. Although Microsoft did issue some information about the new update, it wasn’t as forthcoming about the improvements it made to the Windows Ink Workspace. Needless to mention, the changes significantly improve the functionality of the feature. It was a few members of the Reddit Community that keeps a close watch on the developments, who first spotted the changes.
ICYMI – This has been added as of yesterday to the release notes for Windows 10 (20H1) Build 18912 documenting some changes to Windows Ink Workspace. Thanks to @cepowell for the tip. Check out this tweet for an image – https://t.co/Xak37SH0L0 https://t.co/dbDFvwqRbG pic.twitter.com/kZIpFaYZP1
— Richard Hay (@WinObs) June 7, 2019
Microsoft has released the ‘flight notes’ simply mentioning the changes. The notes do include some information about the improved functionality. “Some Insiders may notice that Windows Ink Workspace has changed on their PC. That’s because we are improving Windows Ink Workspace experience. As part of that, they will notice that Windows Ink Workspace is smaller with a direct link to our Microsoft Whiteboard app, providing you with rich ideation and collaboration capabilities. If you used Sketchpad, don’t worry. We saved the sketch you were working on (in your Pictures folder). In addition, the Windows Ink Workspace allows you to quickly capture your screen and annotate it with the improved Snip and Sketch app. We heard your feedback and we have streamlined the Windows Ink Workspace for you. Stay tuned as we continue to evolve!”
As clearly indicated within the flight notes, the changes are in no way permanent. Moreover, the new feature is gradually rolling out. In other words, not all Windows Insider participants will see the new features immediately. However, it is amply clear that Microsoft is actively listening to user feedback and expectations. The changes to Windows Ink Workspace are a good indicator of how the company is using the feedback and incorporating the changes to improve functionality. Microsoft is urging all participants of the Windows Insider program to actively use the Feedback Hub to test the new changes and offer feedback.