Gearing Up for Another Windows 10 Update

Eye Control is demoed by a woman looking at a Surface tablet

That new Windows 10 test build, No. 16257, includes the addition of the beta of Microsoft's coming Eye Control eye-tracking feature. The first Tobii device to support Eye Control in Windows 10 is the Eye Tracker 4C, while other existing devices like the Dynavox PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-series will be supported soon, according to The Verge. We likely won't see any notable changes to the Redstone 4 branch until after the Fall Creators Update is released, and by then all Windows Insiders will begin receiving the same builds.

Microsoft plans for Windows 10 to support native eye tracking, primarily geared for people suffering from disabilities or disorders that render them unable to use a computer interface that typically requires a mouse or trackpad and a keyboard.

The Insider Preview also includes a view goodies for those less interested in Eye Control. The new default colours will modernise the look of the Windows Console and make it more congruent with other terminal experiences, such as the integrated terminal in VSCode. The new palette aims to make it easier to read text, especially in darker colors, and to "give the Console a more modern look & feel", project manager Craig Loewen wrote yesterday on the Microsoft Developer Blog.

Microsoft has announced an overhaul to the appearance of its operating system representing the biggest change to this particular aspect in over two decades - but don't worry if you don't notice, because it's only affecting the command prompt. The latest build is available now for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Shape writing would speed up typing by simply looking at the first and last letter of a word.

Currently, Microsoft is concentrating on developing and supporting Tobii hardware. Upon activating Eye Control, a launchpad pops up on the screen. It will also feature predictive text. A minor problem is that re-calibration of the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is required when lighting conditions change too much.

Further, Microsoft has even provided a how-to guide which will help users get started with the new feature in Windows 10.

If you have used Microsoft Edge before you know that it comes with a very, very annoying selection feature when you select text in the address bar.

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