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Microsoft releases initial Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack with two new features

Microsoft may distribute more features via Windows Experience Packs. (Image source: Clint Patterson)
Microsoft may distribute more features via Windows Experience Packs. (Image source: Clint Patterson)
Windows 10 has received a major update with new features biannually in recent years. Microsoft plans to change this approach though, and will introduce some new features via what it calls Feature Experience Packs. The first is now being rolled out to insiders and contains a few changes.

It has been a few months since word about Windows 10 Feature Experience Packs circulated, with the first sight of them having been seen in June. Microsoft has now announced in a blog post that it has begun rolling out the first Experience Pack, albeit to insiders on the Beta Channel. As the blog post explains, Microsoft will use Experience Packs to deliver new features and improvements to Windows 10 in the future.

The hope is that Experience Packs 'will expand the scope and the frequency' of updates for Windows 10, rather than merging numerous changes into a biannual update. Hence, Windows 10 should eventually get to the stage where it receives smaller updates on a more regular basis than it currently does.

The first Experience Pack has been called 'Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.1070.0', which offers no insight into what it contains. The same blog post explains that the Experience Pack introduces the following:

  • 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. Try it out!
  • Using the touch keyboard in a portrait posture on a 2-in-1 touch device now supports split keyboard mode.

The first Experience Pack is available to devices running Windows 10 20H2 (19042.662). Microsoft is distributing the update via Windows Update as 'Update for Windows Feature Experience Pack for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based systems (KB4592784)', for reference.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-12- 1 (Update: 2020-12- 1)