In preparation for new dual-screen devices Microsoft has updated Windows 10 to include stylus support in its Mail app allowing you to write emails like letters.
Microsoft first added more stylus support in Windows Ink for its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It’s been improving with updates and this is the latest enhancement.
The Mail app update is available now to test for those with the Insiders build version of Windows 10.
A new draw tab has been added to the ribbon interface found when you compose a new email.
Options for the pen style vary as do the colours available for the new feature.
Not only will this be useful for writing emails using a stylus but also potentially for annotating and signing documents from within the Mail app.
This feature is expected to roll out to all Windows 10 users in the September Redstone 5 update.
Microsoft is expected to unveil a new Surface style device soon, currently codenamed Andromeda, which will be a notepad-like dual screen tablet.
This new hardware may take advantage of the inking stylus support which suggests it could appear alongside the Redstone 5 update around September.
A dual-screen device could be ideal for stylus input when used as a notepad or as a way to sign on one screen a document or text box displayed on the other screen.
Microsoft has also added Swiftkey support to Windows 10 for early testers, which is expected to appear later in the year for everyone.
This means the keyboard learns from the user to offer predictions and corrections like on a smartphone.
Samsung is also expected to launch a dual-screen device although this could be in the form of a smartphone, currently dubbed Galaxy X.
This will feature an outer 4.5-inch display and foldable inner screen that folds out to about 7.3-inches, according to rumours.
The Samsung Galaxy X is thought to be a combination of phone and tablet in one device
Samsung only includes a stylus on its Galaxy Note 9 phablets, currently. Perhaps that will change with the introduction of the foldable Galaxy X.
Of course this smartphone will have two screens on opposing sides of the device so a stylus here might not be so applicable.
Dell is also reportedly working on dual-screen devices as well as other Microsoft Windows 10 machine manufacturers including Asus and Lenovo.