Windows 10’s virtual keyboard will soon be fully customizable. This new feature would arrive with the 2021H2 update, scheduled for next fall and dubbed Sun Valley. It would apply different themes, wallpapers and colors to adapt the appearance of the keyboard according to individual preferences.

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Microsoft bought Swiftkey in 2016, one of the best alternative keyboards for android. This is a smart touchscreen keyboard that allows you to type words faster by swiping from letter to letter. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the keyboard learns your habits and can suggest words or phrases that you use often. In addition, Switfkey offers very interesting ergonomic functions, such as themes or wallpapers.

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Although Microsoft has since adapted this software for Windows, the firm has never offered the same aesthetic richness to the standard virtual keyboard of the operating system. This will be done soon. Our colleagues from Windows Lastest had access to a 2021H2 update pre-release Windows 10 (so it’s the one that will follow the 2021H1 update released a few days ago). An update whose deployment is scheduled for the fall and whose internal code name is Sun Valley. This update contains changes for the virtual keyboard.

Ergonomic and aesthetic changes for the Windows 10 virtual keyboard

These are mainly cosmetic changes. The first is the possibility of applying a general theme on the keyboard, as on Swiftkey. This theme includes of course a background picture to be applied on the virtual keyboard. This background may be different depending on the display mode (dark or light) of the operating system. Remember that the Windows virtual keyboard is already capable of adapting to these two modes. Themes also include the possibility of change key color. A color scheme will be offered by default in Windows. But the user will be able to choose another color if the heart tells him so.

The customization of the keyboard will not stop there. Other options will also be included in the next Windows update. It will be possible to change the size of the keys, as well as the font that will be displayed on each key. It will also be possible to change the key shadow color, its opacity, as well as the opacity of the background image. Finally, note that the keyboard itself should also benefit from a small update since the key spacing would have been revised to be easier to use.

Source: Windows Latest



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