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Microsoft announces upcoming changes to Windows 10 and more

Microsoft announces upcoming changes to Windows 10 and more
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Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference is happening right now, and it's just made some big announcements related to Windows 10 and several of its other products. Let's start with what's coming up for Windows 10.

Because this is a developer conference, a lot of the changes announced are behind-the-scenes items that you won't ever see. However, you will eventually see the results in future apps and features. We're going to cover the ones that you'll notice the most.

The next big update for Windows 10 is going to be the "Anniversary Update" this summer. It will improve how you interact with Windows and make some changes to other core features.

Windows Hello

First up, the update will expand Windows Hello, which lets you log into your computer with facial recognition, to let you log into participating websites, such as USAA. It will also add support for fingerprint scanners.

Windows Ink

Microsoft is introducing "Windows Ink." This is an extension of its pen technology that makes it easier to use a tablet or touch-screen computer like you use pen and paper. This includes a number of pen-related apps for taking notes and sketching.

The note-taking app is smart, so if you write "Meeting tomorrow" it can put it on a calendar and remind you. The sketching app works like a notepad, including a virtual ruler for drawing straight lines and adjusting the sizes of shapes you draw.

Windows Ink also will integrate with other apps. In the Windows Maps app, you can draw a line between a starting point and an ending point and the app will give you directions between them. It can also find hiking routes.

For Microsoft Office, you can do natural text editing or use the ruler to place objects in PowerPoint. Adobe Illustrator lets you combine the pen and touch, so you can use your fingers to hold a virtual stencil and use the pen to draw around it.

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