Microsoft is testing a new Windows 10 update this week, which will include a new screen capture experience for the next major update. While third-party applications such as ShareX and Lightshot have led the way to taking screenshots in Windows 10, Microsoft has finally recognized that Windows 10 users want a better way to take screenshots and share them.
Screen Sketch, previously included with The Windows Ink function of Windows 10 is now becoming a standalone application that can take screenshots and provide options for annotating them. Microsoft has experimented with a variety of screen-cutting tools over the years, but a new winkey + shift + S keyboard shortcut will open an area selection tool to crop a screenshot and share it instantly from the clipboard. The application will also activate a notification so you can annotate the screenshot and share it. You can also replace the screen print button on a keyboard with this function, making the button much more useful than today's winkey + printscreen combo.
Along with the new screen capture tool, Microsoft is also adjusting its fluid design in this new construction (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 Update April 10, 2018. Focus Assist, a feature that suppresses notifications, now It will also be automatically enabled when you are playing a full screen game. Microsoft also adds more sound features from the Legacy Control Panel to the main configuration application in Windows 10 and improves its compatibility with the High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) in the File Explorer.
We hope that Microsoft will provide more details about its plans for this important Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 5, at the company's Build developer conference next week. Joe Belfiore of Microsoft will hold a keynote address on Tuesday, and is now in charge of the "experiences" that Windows provides.