Microsoft is testing a major new feature for the Outlook Mail app in Windows 10. The company has been pushing inking throughout the OS for years, and the latest update brings the exact same inking features to the default Mail app in the OS.
With the new Draw tab in the Outlook Mail app, Windows Insiders can write emails with their stylus, and attach it as a picture to their email. It’s a pretty neat way of typing emails for those who prefer writing with a stylus instead of typing with the keyboard. Like the general inking features in Windows 10, the Mail app’s inking feature gives you access to different pens, pencils, hand-drawing abilities, different colours, etc.
While this may not sound like a big deal, it could be part of a bigger push from Microsoft to optimize the OS for dual-screen devices. As The Verge notes, Microsoft is getting ready to launch its dual-screen Andromeda device soon, and other device makers are also expected to introduce dual-screen devices with the help of Intel. I am told Andromeda will heavily focus on inking and the stylus, so features like the new inking abilities in the Mail app could be the building blocks for the software experience on the device. Microsoft is radically adapting Windows 10 for Andromeda and possibly the other dual-screen devices, and things like this will play a crucial role at bringing the hardware and software together.