Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Windows 10 Insider Preview gets Phone Link feature

NATION-WORLD             THIS COULD BE THE END FOR MICROSOFT PAINT         
        The potential impending doom of Microsoft Paint is not going over well with some people NATION-WORLD THIS COULD BE THE END FOR MICROSOFT PAINT The potential impending doom of Microsoft Paint is not going over well with some people
Cecilia Poole | 28 July, 2017, 00:19

Microsoft has stated in the official release notes that it has "heard your VERY PASSIONATE feedback", and it would have been weird not to, though the most recent feedback coming from hardcore Windows phone fans isn't something that the company should brag about.

A creators update arriving this fall for PC operating system Windows 10 will shift Paint to "deprecated" status, which means the app isn't under active development and may be removed in a future release. Additionally, Microsoft has enabled Cortana voice commands to perform some functions without the need to touch the PC.

Microsoft today announced that it's finally making the Windows 10 Creators Update available to all, and it's also opening up Windows 10 S to developers. It has always been overshadowed by stalwart options like Photoshop or Gimp (if you're into open source stuff), but for the same reason we continue to get "rebooted" television and movie options from Hollywood, Paint lives.

Then, of course, all instances of Chrome in any version on any machine will sync together - sometimes to a fault of overwhelming you with extensions when you first boot - so that's got that covered already.

This is a really cool feature from Microsoft. Today's build now provides this functionality for cross-device web-browsing only with Windows 10 PCs and Android phones.

"If Cortana doesn't have a quick answer for your query, the pane won't automatically expand", points out Microsoft.

So while home users will be free to download Microsoft Paint from the Windows Store and put it back where it belongs, office workers around the world will be deprived of their impromptu creative sessions once Paint is severed from Windows as standard.

After the phone is linked, users can start browsing the Web on their phones. You can continue to toggle Scan Mode on and off with Caps Lock + Space.

If Cortana is unable to provide you with a quick answer, the pane won't expand, but users can click the arrow next to the relevant web suggestion (or press the right arrow key) to see the answer in the web browser. There are other new features in Build 16251. The build also includes some improvements to Cortana, along with the usual improvements to Microsoft Edge.

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