New features of the keyboard app in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, also known by its code name "Redstone 3", is the next major update to Windows 10. It is in active development as of this writing. It comes with an updated touch keyboard app.

A few days ago, Microsoft accidentally released an internal build to Insiders. Users who were able to get Windows 10 build 16212 found a new touch keyboard app, which is not yet fully functional.

The new keyboard app comes directly from Windows Phone with a port of the popular WordFlow keyboard. It will be available for all Windows 10 devices which support touch screen input. The app will support swipe input, exactly like the Windows Phone keyboard.

These are new features of the upcoming keyboard app for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

  • WordFlow (swipe through letters without lifting finger for entering word)
  • Dictation
  • Text input via pen
  • More SwiftKey features

Windows 10 already includes a touch keyboard for computers and tablets with a touch screen. When you touch any text field on your tablet, the touch keyboard appears on the screen. By default, it appears with a limited set of keys and lacks Function keys, Alt, Tab and Esc keys. The user can enable those missing keys in the touch keyboard and make it appear when not in tablet mode and when no physical keyboard is attached. By default, the Touch Keyboard appears on top of the taskbar hiding it. You can change this behavior and make the taskbar remain visible when the virtual touch keyboard appears on the screen. It looks like for some reason, Microsoft is not happy with the current touch keyboard and is preparing a replacement for the app.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is expected to be released this Fall.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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