Windows 10's Mail app now lets you scribble messages with inking support

After a bit of testing with Insiders, Microsoft has added inking support to the default Mail app in Windows 10 for everyone. With inking, you'll now be able to compose emails in your own handwriting with all of the ink colors and styles you've come to expect across Microsoft's other Windows 10 apps (via MSPU).

When you're writing a new email, you'll now see a "Draw" tab to the right of the "Format" and "Insert" tabs at the top of the compose box. Selecting the tab will let you add a drawing canvas to the email, opening up the ability to start drawing or writing in different pen styles and colors, either with a stylus, your mouse, or your finger. Once you're finished, the inked canvas will be saved as a PNG file to the email.

Here's a look at the official release notes (opens in new tab):

  • Insert a Drawing Canvas from the ribbon anywhere in your email to add a sketch.
  • Annotate any picture by drawing on or next to it.
  • Use ink effects like galaxy, rainbow, and rose gold colored pens.

It's a nice touch as Microsoft continues to expand inking capabilities across Windows 10. And with the company's rumored pocketable Andromeda device potentially on the horizon, it's a particularly valuable addition for the Mail app.

If you're ready to spice up your emails with a little more personalization, the inking features are available with Mail version 16005.10325.20091.0, which first began rolling out last week.

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  • Hey, more features are nice to have!
  • COOOOOL!!!!
  • Yay!!
  • Definitely one of strategy to establish Andromeda as a valid productivity life style
  • I hope so. That would be a very cool way to send e-mails from a portable device the size of a notepad -- just write it by hand with the stylus and send.
  • I only know of one person who use Windows 10 mail and that is one of my brothers, other people either use another client, not that there are that many around or webmail
  • I use it for the tile notification but read on outlook proper.
  • i did have a muck around with it a couple of times, but I did not like the way it handle multiple email accounts. With thunderbird, I can see all the accounts at the same time, more or less.
  • I use it for all non-work accounts and for notification of work emails. Then Outlook proper (thanks Hiswona) for getting work email off the server. Anyone know how to get emails off the server when using the Mail app?
  • What do you mean off the server? Like offline for offline reading? Mail app has the option to Always download the full mail with all its images. Check in the settings.
  • Outlook 2016 on my laptop will take emails off our domain host server so the server does not get full. Mail App will only sync with whatever is on the server, not remove it from the server. The Deleted folder on my laptop is a big archive. If I use the Deleted folder on the Mail App as an archive the host server gets full, then spammers get a bounce back, then they start spamming even harder, which happened on our admin address which now gets 200...300 spams a day
  • I use it on the go but if I am in the office I go to Outlook.
  • Yeah, I actually use Outlook for all my mail. But hopefully this feature will also come to Outlook. Certainly wouldn't hurt to provide it as an option. In fact, I suspect you could already do this with some effort even in today's Outlook and a little VBA drawing on the ability to launch and embed and command the Sketch app from within an Outlook message, but it's certainly not nicely integrated at this point.
  • So now I can actually hand write a letter to someone, what a novel idea.
  • It would not work too well with a mouse :)
    Saying that I suppose I could use my small graphic tablet.
  • Seems like another feature getting the market ready for Andromeda and further emphasizing the value of the Windows Pen for input.
  • The compose mode in the Mail app is now more capable than WordPad. It can do tables, which WordPad can't. And now ink! Wow! It is a pity to restrict all these goodies to email-composing.
  • Wordpad is just a simple text editor more or less, with a few added features, why do every thing have to have loads of features?