Windows 11 is about to receive some impressive enhancements tailored for stylus users, among other improvements, in its new preview build.
Referred to as preview build 22635.2776 (or KB5032292), this update has been released to the Beta channel, the final testing phase before the Release Preview (the last step before new features are integrated into the official version of Windows 11).
The major stride forward is with Windows Ink, where the capability to directly write in specific text boxes in Windows 11 is expanding to include a broader user base. This means that, instead of typing in text for a search, users can now handwrite their search terms into the box.
Although this feature was initially available in the US, it will now also support a range of new regions, including English (Australia), English and French (Canada), English (India), and English (United Kingdom), as well as many more (full list available in the blog post).
Additional improvements to Windows Ink include enhanced accuracy for its recognition technology and new gesture controls, such as gestures to select, join, or split words, delete a word, and insert a new line.
The Task Manager has also undergone changes in this beta release, with improved process grouping to provide better organization in the list of running processes.
Another feature included in this preview is notifications for Microsoft accounts on the home page of the Settings app, offering reminders about account status and pending tasks.
Analysis: Supercharging the Stylus Experience
This update is particularly significant for stylus users outside the US, as it extends support for writing directly in menus to a wider range of regions. This time-saving feature is especially beneficial for users who utilize convertible laptops as tablets, and Microsoft is expected to further develop this functionality in the future.
Microsoft aims to eventually enable users to write anywhere in Windows 11 using a stylus, marking a promising concept for the future.
The improved process grouping in Task Manager is also a notable change, especially for Windows users who frequently delve into this area of the interface. This enhancement could provide better insight into the system’s processes, facilitating troubleshooting if the system encounters performance issues.
While the specifics of this change are yet to be disclosed, the more intelligent grouping of related processes is anticipated to offer improved visibility into the system’s functioning.