Microsoft released a new insiders preview build of Windows 10 in the Dev Channel. The latest Windows 10 build 20206 includes a set of new input features, which is going to come sometime next year though these features are not yet tagged to any feature release.


The new features include updates to Emoji Picker, Keyboard, and Voice Typing. To know more about the features, and learn what's new coming up with the next versions of Windows 10, continue reading further.



Windows 10 is going to get three new input features


Improvements to the Emoji panel

The redesigned emoji picker is more aligned to Microsoft's Fluent Design principles with a new acrylic background. The new update will let you access the clipboard history, animated gifs, and recently used emojis. You can also search for emojis and gifs in supported languages.


Improvements to the Windows 10 Emoji panel


Microsoft said that Windows 10 will now enable you to quickly input animated gifs using the Win + . and Win + ; keyboard shortcuts.


Improvements to the touch keyboard design

The latest insiders preview build 20206 comes with a new touch keyboard design, which is currently rolling out to some insiders in the Dev channel. The updated design includes a fresh aesthetic and many other small tweaks, that will make your typing comfortable with accuracy.


In addition to that, Microsoft also added some refinements as follows:

Improvements to the touch keyboard design

  • New keypress animations and sounds.
  • Child keys have been optimized for quicker entry.
  • For those who prefer to keep their keyboard undocked, the option now accessible via a button directly in the candidate bar.
  • You can now easily move the keyboard around using the gripper region at the top of the keyboard.
  • All entries in the settings menu now have labels for improved clarity of available options.
  • Emoji search is now part of the touch keyboard too.
  • A new entry point into voice typing has been added to the left of the space bar in supported languages.


Microsoft also said that the touch keyboard can also be invoked on any PC from the touch keyboard button on the taskbar. To do so, right-click or press and hold on the taskbar, then select "Show touch keyboard button" in the menu.


Cursor movement has been made easy using the space bar. All you need to do is place a finger on the space bar and slide your finger left, right, up, or down. As your finger moves, so will the cursor – one character or line at a time.


Cursor movement has been made easy using the space bar


Point to note that the above features are currently rolling out to a subset of the insiders in the Dev channel, and will be gradually rolled out to all insiders very soon.


Introducing a new Voice Typing experience

Windows 10 is going to get a new Voice Typing experience based on the improved version of the Windows dictation feature. It will enable you to type effortlessly with your voice in an optimized way for both hardware and touch keyboards.


Introducing a new Voice Typing experience on Windows 10


The new voice typing feature includes auto-punctuation, that will allow you to quickly put your thoughts without worrying about the question marks and period.


You can access the feature any time by using the Win + H keyboard shortcut or by tapping the microphone icon on the new touch keyboard.



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