Microsoft put pen computing front and center during its Build 2016 keynote this morning. Showing off the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary update, Executive Demo Lead Bryan Roper (known in some circles as Fedora Guy) wowed the crowd with several nifty new features made possible by enhancements to Microsoft's Windows Ink API.
In his blog post, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson described the improvements thusly:
More than 70% of us spend more than one hour a day using a pen. We lose notes in our notebooks, take pictures of whiteboards, and can’t do equations or music composition with a keyboard. Windows Ink is an all-new experience, putting the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office. And today, we demonstrated how developers can incorporate Windows Ink into their apps with as little as 2 lines of code!
None of these are art-specific, but they do point the way to a Windows computing world where the pen is less of an after-thought. You can see the new features for yourself in the video below.