Finally, Microsoft has added inking support to Outlook on both the Microsoft Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2. During the Surface Duo 2 press event, a lot of emphasis was placed on drawing directly into an Outlook email message. However, that wasn’t a feature that came out of the box.
There has been a patch update (version 4.2145.1) for both Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 which brings the inking toolsets. After installing the update, a fifth tool icon in the form of a pen tip appears at the bottom of a new email message. Simply tapping on the icon will open up a toolbox containing a pen, highlighter, pencil, and eraser. Color and thickness of inking tools can easily be created and modified by users.
With the inking toolkit users can draw pictures or sketches within their new email messages, allowing them to fully expand the window to fill the entire screen for more room to work. Users can save the drawing to an email message and add more than one sketch to the same message.
Even though it’s not a groundbreaking feature, the ability to ink in Outlook may be useful on a daily basis. Similarly, OneDrive beta app users will notice a ‘markup’ feature that allows them to edit photos with the same toolkit. Reports indicate that an update for the Surface Duo 2 will be released in December that fixes bugs and adds enhanced features. On the other hand, it seems that the Surface Duo will also receive Android 11 soon.