Windows 10’s Mail app gets handwriting support

You can finally write emails using a pen with the latest update for the Windows 10's Mail app that includes Windows Ink support — But will you use it?

Windows 10 Mail app with Windows Ink options
Windows 10 Mail app with Windows Ink options

You can finally write your emails with a stylus with the default Mail app for Windows 10. If you like, of course. Microsoft is currently testing an upcoming update for its Mail app that includes Windows Ink support.

Although pen support on Windows has been around for many years, it’s not until the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that we see Microsoft investing resources to make annotation and drawing with pen a lot better.

Since the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 received a number of updates to improve Windows Ink, and now, Microsoft is bringing pen support to the Mail app (via The Verge).

The update (16005.10228.20091.0) is available for participants of the Windows Insider Program running the latest preview of the Redstone 5 update, which is expected to rollout sometime in October.

Once the new Mail app arrives on your device, you’ll notice a new draw tab in the top menu of the email composer. (While the feature is targeted to devices with touch-enabled devices, it appears that it’ll be available on any device, which means that you can also use your mouse to draw a message.)

After selecting one of the pen options, you can use natural handwriting to compose an entire email. Just like in other apps, you get a number of pen options and colors to write emails.

The update for the Mail app comes in a good time, considering that we may soon start to see devices with dual-screen to take notes very soon, and Windows Ink support on apps will be key.

Will you be using the pen to write emails on Windows 10? Tell us in the comments.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and