This week, Microsoft is testing a new update for Windows 10 and this will include a new screenshot experience for the upcoming major update to the software. Before this time, third-party apps like ShareX and Lightshot have been taking the lead in taking screenshots on Windows 10, Microsoft has at last recognized that users of Windows 10 want a better way to take screenshots and share them.
Screen Sketch which was before now incorporated into the Windows Ink feature of Windows 10, is now being made into a separate app on its own having the ability to take screenshots and provide options to add comments to them. Over the years, Microsoft has tested a wide variety of screen snipping tools and now with a new windowskey + shift + S keyboard shortcut, an area select tool to snip a screenshot and be able to instantly share it from the clipboard. The app will also trigger a notification from which you can annotate the screenshot and share it. if you wish to, you can replace the print screen button on a keyboard with this feature, this makes the button a lot more useful than the windowskey + print screen combo of today.
Besides the new screenshot tool, Microsoft is also tweaking its Fluent Design in this new build of Windows 10 (17661). The Task View area of the Windows 10 Timeline feature now has a soft blur effect to match other effects added in the Windows 10 April 2018 update. There’s also a feature known as Focus Assist, that suppresses notifications, which automatically enables when you happen to be playing any fullscreen game. In the new build, Microsoft also adds more of its legacy Control Panel sound features to the main settings app in Windows 10, and is improving its High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) support in File explorer.
We expect Microsoft to reveal further details of its plans for this major Windows 10 update codenamed Redstone 5 at the company’s Build developer conference next week. Joe Belfiore of Microsoft will be holding a keynote on Tuesday, and now he is in charge of the “experiences” that Windows provides.