Microsoft is finally bringing one of Windows 10's biggest features to its Mail app: Inking. An update to the Mail and Calendar app available for Insiders adds inking support, allowing users to compose emails in their own handwriting with a wide array of pen and ink styles (via The Verge).
Insiders can get started with inking in the Mail app by selecting the new "Draw" tab, which sits alongside the formatting and insert options at the top of the composition window when writing a new email. Once you've switched to draw mode, you can choose from different styles of pens, an eraser, and more.
At the moment, we aren't seeing this update on our Insider machines, so it's possible that the inking feature could be in testing with a small number of users for now. Still, it's a major addition that could arrive just in time for Microsoft's rumored dual-screen folding device, Andromeda. But even without the Andromeda hype, this is a handy addition for anyone looking to spice up their emails with a touch of their own handwriting.
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Finally! Soon™ must mean six Windows releases.
Got it in the Insider Preview yesterday...it's fairly stable, so I don't think it will be long. I think the decoupled the apps from the Windows updates, so it could be updated before Windows.
What about for the Outlook 2016 desktop application?
Inking has been in 2016 for quite some time. I don't use Outlook 2016 on my work machine (we're on corporate time, so we don't have it yet), nor does it have touch or pen support, but I've used it in the past. On my personal machines I use the mail app, so this is awesome (: Sometimes you just need to embellish your message with a doodle of a guy with a handlebar mustache and no neck.
Why should it.
It doesn't need to hurry. It just need to be extremely capable and showcase features that make it usable in corporate or consumer world. Depending on what functionality target MS will focus on, students may want to use such a device. However, we only have rumors and speculation on what the Form factor will look like, how well it will work and will it be something useful that people will find themselves wondering how they ever lived without it. Granted, implementing those kinds of features in any device now days is difficult to come up with and extremely expensive, if you do. Let's hope MS can find a good balance between the two. Right now, it's hard for me to imagine the next evolution in portable computing, outside of gesture/hardware hybrid interaction, with hologram projection. Too many Batman games I guess. "He has all the coolest toys!" 😂
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