Windows Ink puts the pen front and center to solve for pen-and-paper tasks

During Build 2016, Microsoft introduced Windows Ink, a new way to bring the focus back to the pen, putting it front and center. Windows Ink will be made available with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 that will be coming this summer. This will help solve the constant need for pen-and-paper, and bring the power of the computer and its deep platform integration. 3M sells around 50 billion Sticky Notes a year, and Microsoft now will use handwriting recognition to smartly integrate your notes with Cortana and more.

With the sketchpad, you can now draw on a white surface, use a virtual ruler and much more. On Maps, you can draw dots for points of interest, connect the dots for directions and it will sync across your Windows devices. In Word, Windows Ink will allow you to remove words and paragraphs by simply crossing them out, and dragging across the words will highlight, while Powerpoint gains a ruler to snap objects along any axis that you draw the line of. Partners like Adobe are adding support so you'll be able to use a stencils in Illustrator to get perfect lines, and it all works with minimal latency.

Windows Ink will be available later this summer with the release of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10.

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  • That's pretty neat. Is this what we heard rumors of a while back? Windows Central for Windows 10-Microsoft Lumia 640
  • How's this different than the Ink we've had since the TabletPC was first introduced? Don't get me wrong, I think Ink is one of the most fabulous implementations of handwriting recognition on any platform, but is this just spotlighting what exists?
  • Tablet ink is system-wide only as a general input method, and was only integrated into certain apps MS-made apps like Word or Onenote. This seems to extend that functionality to any app that wants to use it, but goes even further in that said apps can assign different functions to the incoming data (I.e. Delete a word in MS Word by striking through it)
  • This is for developers to take advantage of inking capabilities that are advanced without having to write much code. Remember build is about developers.
  • Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! I'm beginning to enjoy the fun of shifting to Windows smartphone. Lateef1972
  • Who knows?  The Surface phone may well take advantage of these capabilities.
  • It's really not a good sign when someone talks in absolutes.  Especially on things you can't control.  Never say never.  But we'll soon see about that "... there will never be a surface phone.".  We'll soon see soon enough.  :)
  • Mobile is where we really need inking solutions. Hope it arrives there!
  • but don't you feel the phone screen is too small for inking? at least it is for me.
  • its a great time to be a microsoft user.
  • This guy is the best presenter of the bunch. Knows when to stop so people applaud, knows when to ask people if they like what he's showing, gets people in the right mood. Great great Most other presenters were ok, but would really benefit from taking presentation classes to show more enthusiasm and bring more energy to their speeches
  • Finally!
  • I like how both Microsoft and Apple have kinda rediscovered the digital pen and are really pushing forward towards more natural input. Great news for all of us customers.
  • I'm wondering : if I have a giant interactive screen with a stylus (like a Vividtouch one), will I be able to use Windows Ink ? Or is it only available on Surface-like devices ? Does the stylus need to be approved by MS to work with Ink ?