Microsoft Begins Testing Home windows Function Expertise Packs

Microsoft is testing a new way to provide new Windows 10 features to users through Windows Update.

With the introduction of the Windows Feature Experience Pack, Microsoft is making a small change to the way it delivers feature updates for Windows 10. You will continue to receive the main feature update every six months, but these smaller feature packs improve certain features outside of this period.

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What is the Windows Feature Experience Pack?

The Windows Feature Experience Pack is a new way for Microsoft to deploy and test features. Unlike a major feature update that includes several new features and new designs, the smaller Feature Experience Pack includes a limited number of improvements.

For example, the first Windows Feature Experience Pack includes two improvements:

  • With the introduction of a built-in screen clipping tool for Windows 10, you can take and modify a screenshot before saving it to a folder of your choice.

  • Using a portrait touch keyboard on a 2-in-1 device now supports split keyboard mode. This will split the on-screen keyboard in half and move each segment to the left and right.

According to the official Windows Insider Blog, Microsoft will "expand the scope and frequency of publications in the future."

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How can I get the Windows Feature Experience Pack?

Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.1070.0 (the official title) is currently available for the Windows 10 Beta Channel. Beta Channel users must have Windows 10 20H2 19042.662 installed.

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The beta channel is the Windows 10 Insider Preview channel, which receives feature updates early on. The Dev Channel will receive features and updates that are still in early development, while the Release Preview Channel will receive new Windows 10 builds that are almost ready for release.

Currently, only Windows 10 Insider Preview users will have access to the Windows Feature Experience Pack. You don't need to feel like you are missing out on anything, however, as the new features in Windows 10 will be available soon.

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