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In a blog post today Microsoft announced their plans to release feature packs to Windows 10 users outside the usual large bi-annual Windows 10 updates.
The company is now testing a new Windows Feature Experience Pack, which will allow them to improve certain features and experiences developed independently of the OS.
Microsoft is currently working on a limited number of features which they want to release in this manner, including a Snipping tool and touch keyboard improvements, and is currently in the process of testing the delivery of these features with Windows 10 Insiders.
Eventually, Windows Feature Experience Pack updates will get folded into the already existing servicing process for Windows 10 and delivered to customers that way through Windows Update.
Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.1070.0 to Windows 10 Insiders in the Beta Channel.
This update includes the following improvements:
- 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.
- Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode.
Windows Feature Experience Pack updates will be delivered to Insiders through Windows Update just like builds and cumulative updates are.
In order to receive this update, Insiders in the Beta Channel will need to have 20H2 Build 19042.662 installed. Insiders will need to reboot to enable the above-mentioned improvements and can check their Windows Feature Experience Pack version by going to Settings > System > About.
Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for updates to receive the Windows Feature Experience Pack update.