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Those on the Inside can now access Windows Ink in the latest preview build for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including the Ink Workspace hub.

Microsoft introduced Windows Ink to us all during the first day of Build 2016 last month, highlighting a productivity suite that the company thinks is potent enough to replace pen and paper.

Just a few weeks after that debut, Microsoft has now included a preview of Windows Ink in the lasted Windows 10 Insider preview release, which landed today.

Windows Ink is expected to be included in the massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which will be arriving to end users during the summer.

As displayed at Build, the Windows Ink Workspace is a Start Menu-like hub for tying together all the features in Ink, and this release is the first chance to see it in action.

Of course, this is an Insider release, so you will have to be a part of the Windows Insider Program to grab Windows Ink and the wider update release. In an official blog post, Microsoft has highlighted some of the features users can test out, although we imagine there will be more to be added between now and the launch of Windows 10 Anniversary.

Discussing Workspace, Microsoft says it is a hub to access all the ink-powered features and apps on a PC, giving a “UX canvas” that allows users easy access to features. The company adds that launching Windows Ink Workspace is easy thanks to a button that sits in the system tray, or those with a compatible pen can click the back of the pen to access the hub.

Built-in experiences like sketchpad, screen sketch and Sticky Notes as well as your favorite pen apps are all available right at your pen tip, always accessible in one place whenever you need them. Better yet, you can even access the ink workspace above lock if you like. Note, if you don’t have a device with an active pen but want to try out Windows Ink Workspace, you can right-click on the taskbar and choose “Show Windows Ink Workspace button”. You can also enable finger-inking if you don’t have a pen yet!