Microsoft is making it easier for you to send ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ or (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ kaomoji from a Windows 10 PC to friends or co-workers. In a new test build of Windows 10 (18305), Microsoft has added kaomoji face characters that are accessible through the same existing emoji shortcut (win+period). While you’ll be able to pick from a number of kaomoji, the feature will also include quick access to em dash and other symbols. If you’re a writer, you already know how difficult it is to remember the alt key codes for the em dash, so this will certainly simplify things. Microsoft is planning to introduce this with its codename 19H1 update, expected to arrive in March or April 2019.
Alongside the kaomoji additions, Microsoft is also testing a new simplified Start layout. This new layout is designed for new devices, new accounts, or clean installs of the operating system, and it includes a single column of pre-installed apps. Microsoft is also updating the look of the clipboard history feature, making its UI a little more compact.
Microsoft is also starting to test its new Windows Sandbox feature. Windows Sandbox is a safe new way to run untrusted .exe files without having to launch a virtual machine. Microsoft has developed a simple way for anyone running Windows 10 to launch apps in an isolated desktop environment, and once you’ve finished running the app in this mode the entire sandbox is deleted. Windows 10 testers can now try this out with today’s build.
Elsewhere, Microsoft is also introducing more shadows across its Fluent Design UI and tweaking the main settings page to include frequently used settings. Settings now has a header that includes quick access to Windows Update and Microsoft Account information. Other smaller tweaks include a new “friendly dates” option for File Explorer and the ability to set a default task manager tab. Microsoft is also introducing a new Office app for Windows 10 that’s designed to be a central place for launching Office apps and seeing recent documents.