Windows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here's what it can do

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Windows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here's what it can do

"Eye Control makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an onscreen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes", Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday. Eye Control now only works with select Tobii eye-tracking hardware, but Microsoft is planning on expanding support for other devices in the future.

Microsoft is coming up with the inbuilt eye tracking system in Windows 10.

The update is now rolled out the beta users and other users can expect these feature to land up on their Windows 10 PC soon.

"The goal of Eye Control is to allow people to use as much of the functionality of Windows as possible, using just their eyes", Windows Principal Software Engineer Lead Eric Badger explained in the video above.

Eye Tracking is now in beta testing with Windows Insiders on Build 16257 or higher but to enable it you must have compatible hardware. 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.

Also in build 16257, Microsoft Edge has been updated with a new UI based on the Fluent Design System. The new feature allows users to incorporate any 3D object from your PC or the Remix 3D catalog into Word, PowerPoint or Excel.

A full list of improvements and changes can be found on Microsoft's Windows Blog.

Typing works in a similar way.

The new build of Windows 10 is available already. Windows' on-screen keyboard then generates predictive matches. In addition, Developer Insiders who are in the Office Insider program will see new support for using 3D images in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It will also feature predictive text.

Other changes arriving with today's Insider preview include a refreshed browser frame look for Microsoft Edge, several fixes to the anti-virus Windows Defender Application Guard, and the elimination of a number of other bugs in previous builds. Further, the Eye Control launchpad obscures the Tobii interface during device calibration, requiring users to turn off Eye Control during the setup process. Now its default colors are getting their first overhaul in more than 20 years, with the hope of improving legibility of darker colors on modern screens.

WDAG has also received performance improvements, particular to container launch times.

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