Microsoft releases its first Windows Feature Experience Pack with new features for Windows 10
Microsoft has unveiled details for its first Windows Feature Experience Pack, a new initiative that will deliver smaller feature improvements outside of major Windows 10 feature updates. These smaller updates are developed independently of the OS.
The new program is currently being tested with Windows Insiders, and only a limited number of features are being developed for the Windows Feature Experience Pack. Microsoft said the program will initially start out small, but will grow in scope and frequency in the future.
There are two features as part of Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.1070.0:
- Based on Insider feedback, you can now use the built-in screen snipping experience in Windows (WIN + SHIFT + S) to create a snip of your screen and paste it directly into a folder of your choice in File Explorer to save the screenshot there. Try it out!
- Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode.
Microsoft said that the smaller updates will eventually get folded into “the already existing servicing process for Windows 10 and delivered to customers that way through Windows Update.” Updates to Windows Feature Experience Pack will be delivered to Insiders through Windows Updates just like builds and cumulative updates are.
Microsoft’s new approach is a great way to introduce more consistent updates for Windows 10 users. Microsoft usually rolls out two large Windows 10 updates per year, usually in the spring and fall. More rapid updates will keep Windows 10 feeling fresh and continue to evolve the software throughout the year.
Speaking of which, next year could prove to be a pivotal year for Microsoft. On top of the Windows Feature Experience Pack, a recent report claimed Windows 10 could add support for Android apps, which has the potential to change the dynamic of Microsoft’s platform. We’ll keep an eye out to see how Microsoft’s newest program evolves in the coming weeks and months.