Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will acquire one of Apple’s most popular iOS mobile platform software features. The PC suite will soon be introducing a spacebar cursor feature that has long been popular with iPhone users, offering more command over where to move on screen by simply pressing and holding the spacebar when moving your mouse or finger.
Apple launched the spacebar cursor in iOS 12, which in the past still feature a good connection to the scrolling keypad used on BlackBerry smartphones.
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Microsoft claims the touch keyboard can be enabled from the touch keyboard button on the taskbar on any Computer, but users will need to activate this by right-clicking or pressing and keeping the taskbar, then choosing “Show touch keyboard button” from the menu. The feature will appear as part of the upcoming Windows 10 build, with the release being noted by Microsoft as part of Windows 10 preview build 20206, adding it had been a common suggestion from users around the globe.
“All you need to do is lay a finger on the space bar and push your finger left, right, up or down. When the finger moves, so would the cursor-one character or line at a time,” Microsoft said in its preview build release notes.
The tool could be helpful to those on tablet mode using Windows 10 and could be a headline function for new handheld devices like the Surface Duo from Microsoft. The company is also planning for the introduction of Windows 10X next edition, specially designed for foldable devices.
Build 20206, launched to Dev Channel users, comes with a new and updated Windows dictation edition which has been renamed Windows voice typing. As with dictation, voice typing can be used anywhere in Windows 10 where text fields exist, but it now benefits from a new interface that is designed for use with touch keyboards, describes Microsoft.
Preview build 20206 also brings in an updated emoji picker and the concept is that it is now a one-stop-shop with a modern take (based on Fluent Design) for all your emoji needs. An in-line search box can find the best emoji and it has added support for animated GIFs.