On Wednesday, Microsoft routinely released a Windows 10 preview update for members of the Dev channel for Windows Insider. The latest version, Build 20206, is the same as previous versions, and Microsoft has not introduced anything exciting, primarily fixing some BUGes and optimizing background performance.
As always, today’s preview update for the Dev channel is still part of the rs_prerelease branch, with the following main updates:
Upgrade Emoji Picker.
Microsoft says it is improving Emoji Picker in Windows systems to bring together many of these stand-alone experiences and introduce new features such as easy access to animated GIFs.
When communicating with text, you need more than emojis to get your message right. To do this, we’ve improved the emoji selector to make it a one-stop tool for expressing yourself when typing on your device. This new experience offers the following.
A brand new design.
The experience is being more in line with our smooth design principles, including a new Acrylic background.
By embedding search boxes, we improve the discoverability of searching for emojis in supported languages.
Animation GIFs are supported, including search.
In the future, WIN plus . . . and WIN . . . will enable you to quickly enter animated GIFs. The selection of animation GIFs will be continuously updated based #hashtags current trends and trends. Search can also be used when you need to find the perfect response GIF to convey your message succinctly.
An input experience that blends in the history of emojis and clipboards. We’re consolidating input and clipboard history into a single experience. You can still press WIN s V directly into the clipboard history, but now you can also press WIN s. or WIN s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Then switch to the Clipboard category to access it.
Microsoft will continue to work on input in Windows and would like to hear your thoughts on further improvements. We’ve lit up a new area path in the Feedback Center for you to share your suggestions. Inputs and languages. Emoji, Kaomoji, GIFs, and other inputs.
Introduce Voice Typing.
The Voice Typing feature is a new and improved version of Windows Dictation that lets you easily type with your voice where there are text fields on your PC. Sometimes it’s more comfortable and efficient to use your voice than typing on the keyboard – with Windows Speech Typing, you can relax your hands and say what you want to write directly.
Improved features for speech typing include.
Optimised for the use of touch keyboards.
Lets you easily write down your thoughts without worrying about symbols such as question marks and periods (open in settings).
Optimize the background.
Provide the most reliable voice typing experience on Windows.
Start typing easily at any time by using keyboard shortcuts (WIN-H) or by tapping the microphone button on the keyboard.
When using hardware keys:
When using the touch keyboard:
You can try the following supported voice commands.
Voice typing is currently available in the following languages
English (United Kingdom)
Where : On behalf of speech typing will automatically use the language used by the current input method (if supported)
Where the auto punctuation function is not currently used in Japanese.
Microsoft is still working to improve the feature and how it interacts with different applications. In some Office applications, you may experience random pauses when using voice input. If this happens, tap the microphone icon again to restart the listening experience.
This feature is first available to some Insider members of the Dev Channel to help us quickly identify issues that may affect performance and reliability. Rest assured that this feature will be rolled out to everyone who develops the channel.
Improved touch keyboard design.
Some Insider members have already experienced a new touch keyboard design. The updated design includes a new aesthetic and many other detail adjustments, including an updated key size/layout to optimize input comfort and accuracy. We’ve also done some work to help improve the discoverability and availability of available features.
As you explore these new designs, you’ll notice the following improvements.
New key animations and sounds.
Child keys have been optimized for faster input. Try holding down keys such as “e” or “-” to see how it looks.
For those who prefer to keep the keyboard out of the Dock, this option can now be accessed directly through the buttons in the candidate bar, and you can easily move the keyboard using the grip area at the top of the keyboard.
All entries in the Settings menu now have labels to improve the clarity of the available options.
Microsoft brings emoticon search to the touchpad, so you no longer have to look for the look in different categories. What’s more, you can now search for animated GIFs.
All of this can be accessed through our new expression input button in the candidate bar. More – see our section on evolutionary emoji panels above.
In the supported language, a new voice input entry has been added to the left of the space bar. (See the section on voice input above).
The touch keyboard can also be called on any PC via the touch keyboard button on the taskbar, although you may need to enable the button. To do this, right-click or hold the taskbar, and then select Show Touch Keyboard Button in the menu. Once the touch keyboard is turned on, try typing or handwriting on the keyboard.
Keyboard layouts in some languages are still in the process of being updated to a new design. Currently, handwriting is only supported when you use a wide keyboard or one-handed keyboard layout.
Use the space bar to move the cursor.
One of the things Microsoft hears from customers is that it wants to change the cursor position with the touch keyboard. Based on this feedback, we are updating the keyboard, and now you can do this quickly in any text field using gestures on the space bar.
All you have to do is place your finger on the space bar and swipe it left, right, up, or down. As your finger moves, the cursor also moves — one character or one line at a time.
Microsoft will continue to work on input in Windows and would like to hear your thoughts on further improvements.
This feature is first rolled out to some insiders in the Dev channel to help us quickly identify issues that may affect performance and reliability. Rest assured that they will be rolled out to everyone who develops the channel.