The most recent Windows 10 preview build comes with several notable changes, one of which concerns Notepad, the app that still has a lot of users all over the world.
Notepad has therefore been moved to the Microsoft Store for more frequent updates, with Microsoft explaining that this change allows the company to release improvements for that app without resorting to major OS updates shipped via Windows Update.
Indeed, Notepad has previously been receiving updates only if the software giant presented major Windows 10 operating-system updates, also referred to as feature updates, which means the app got new improvements only up to two times each year.
The brand new Microsoft Store update system makes it possible for Microsoft to ship updates for Notepad when they are ready, pretty much just like the company does for the modern apps that include Windows 10.
“Notepad is now updateable through the Microsoft Store outside major OS updates. It also has a new icon and it has been promoted out of the Windows Accessories folder to its own place in the Start menu,” Microsoft explains within the release notes from the latest build.
Windows Terminal now an inbox app
Another notable improvement is that Windows Terminal becomes an inbox app, though the updates will continue to be shipped through the Microsoft Store, much like in the case of Notepad.
“Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations. Updates for Windows Terminal continues to come with the Microsoft Store,” Microsoft explains.
The organization hasn’t revealed if this intends to get this to change for production devices too.