Wednesday, April 14

Microsoft unveils first preview, with changes for Paint

Microsoft is advancing on the next major update for Windows 10. The code name Cobalt officially appears.

Microsoft has released a new build for Windows 10 Insider Program members in the Dev channel. For the first time, this public version is based on a new branch called “co_release”. An important step in the realization of the major Sun Valley update expected at the end of the year.

The Cobalt co

For several years, Microsoft has used the periodic table of the elements to designate Windows updates, in order to follow the Azure team which already used this convention. The firm thus used code names like Vanadium for Windows 19H2, and Vibranium for Windows 10 20H1. Obviously Vibranium does not exist in the periodic table (you watch too many Marvel movies!), But this name was chosen to replace Chromium, and thus avoid confusion with the famous browser.

Looking to the future, the next update uses the code name Cobalt. Originally it was aimed at the start of 2021, but Microsoft has changed its development plans and will only release one major update this year, at the end of the year. In the meantime, the firm is starting to offer preview versions for the Insider program in the Dev channel. The arrival of build 21354 with the co_release branch, marks the realization of this code name and an upcoming acceleration of new features in builds.

Paint and screenshot are on the Microsoft Store

Microsoft Paint is perhaps one of the most famous built-in Windows tools in the world. The basic and free image editor will now integrate the Microsoft Store of Windows 10 so that the editor can offer regular updates.

This is also the case for the screen capture tool, the software of which will be merged with the Windows 10 “screenshot and sketch” application. They will both be brought together on the Microsoft Store, and again, the firm will be able to offer regular updates.

With these changes, Microsoft indicates that Paint and the screenshot tool will no longer be in the “Windows accessories” folder on the Start menu. This folder will also be deleted, along with several others, to bring them together in a new “Windows Tools” shortcut which will point to a file explorer folder. The goal is to simplify the list of applications on the Start menu.

Better management of contrasts and webcams

The year 2020 was marked by an increase in teleworking, and online meetings with video. To accompany all this, Microsoft has added a new page dedicated to cameras in the settings of Windows 10. In this new page, it will be possible to manage both conventional USB webcams, but also IP surveillance cameras.

A new and fairly practical way to adjust the brightness or contrast of your image, and especially to check your camera connection.

Windows 10 settings also welcome a new option for display with “CABC” or ” Content adaptive brightness control “. Microsoft describes this option as improving the battery life of a laptop PC with compromises in image quality. It is a question of adjusting the contrasts on the fly to consume less energy. Obviously if you are in a creative work, video or photo editing, this can have an impact on your work. The option is therefore there to solve this problem.

This build is available for download now. The development of the Cobalt update is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks with more new features.

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