Windows 10 update will change the game for copy-and-paste

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An upcoming Windows 10 update is expected to enhance the existing Cloud Clipboard facility, allowing users to copy-and-paste material across all their devices, using Microsoft's Azure cloud computing services.

Introduced in 2018, the feature currently synchronizes clipboard content across multiple Windows 10 (opens in new tab) computers attached to the same Microsoft account. For example, users could copy text to the clipboard on their desktop and paste it into a document stored on their laptop later in the day.

However, Microsoft is working to extend this handy tool to phones and tablets as well, via the company’s SwiftKey keyboard app for Android.

Windows 10 copy-and-paste update

Microsoft SwiftKey for Android is an alternative keyboard that learns the user’s writing style to offer up the most relevant word predictions, with the goal of increasing typing speed. A swipe typing mode also provides a different way for users to compose texts and emails on their Android devices.

In the beta version of the service, Microsoft is trialing an integration with the existing Windows 10 Cloud Clipboard - a project that was first launched two years ago, but later placed temporarily on hold.

With the new integration, Android users will be able to copy items on their mobile device and paste to their Windows 10 machines (and vice versa), making working across multiple pieces of kit far smoother.

SwiftKey’s own clipboard will also receive a new Cloud Clipboard UI, which can be accessed via the keyboard’s toolbar.

TechRadar Pro has asked Microsoft to clarify whether the SwiftKey Cloud Clipboard integration will also come to Apple devices at a later date and will update this article accordingly.

The expansion of the cross-device clipboard feature comes hot on the heels of two other major changes to Windows 10 copy-and paste, announced in the summer.

Microsoft recently unveiled a new-look local clipboard (opens in new tab), which will contain a panel that stores all the most recently copied images and GIFs, as well as 25 yest entries - and is expected to arrive with the next Windows 10 feature update.

The company’s flagship web browser, Edge, is also getting a new Link Format feature (opens in new tab), which will allow users to specify whether a URL copied from the address bar is pasted as a link or in plain-text.

Via Windows Latest (opens in new tab)

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