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New Windows 10 preview build already available, features improved snipping and screenshot taking

Screen Sketch tool in Windows 10 build 17661 (Source: Windows Experience Blog)
Screen Sketch tool in Windows 10 build 17661 (Source: Windows Experience Blog)
Although the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (build 17134.1) still has to reach most users of Microsoft's operating system, the members of the Windows Insider Preview program can already take the build 17661 for a spin. Its highlights include an updated Snipping Tool and a new app for screenshots called Screen Sketch.

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for the members of the Insider Preview program. Although the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is a massive build that includes a long list of changes and new features, it looks like Windows 10 will get an entirely new tool soon, although one can easily live without it just as well. The name of the tool is Screen Sketch and the update carries the build number 17661.

Although it may seem like a new piece of code to many, Screen Sketch was originally introduced as part of the Windows Ink Workspace, but now it can finally be updated via the Microsoft Store. Even more, compared to its early versions, this app will also support multiple windows and tabs.

In addition to the new Screen Sketch app, those who work with a lot of screenshots also get to enjoy an updated Snipping Tool. In fact, both apps will now work together. This is Microsoft's description: "WIN + Shift + S will now bring up a snipping toolbar – snip a rectangle, something a bit more freeform, or full screen and it will go straight to your clipboard. If that’s all you need, you can take it from there. Want more, though? Immediately after taking a snip you’ll now get a notification that will take you and your snip to the Screen Sketch app where you can annotate and share away!" 

In addition to the above, Windows 10 build 17661 also comes with various minor, but noticeable changes, such as Windows Security (a new name for Windows Defender Security), Focus Assist that turns on automatically when running a full-screen game, Sound settings moved to the Windows Settings area, and much more.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-05- 4 (Update: 2018-05- 4)
Codrut Nistor
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.