More signs of Microsoft’s Cloud Clipboard have been discovered in the freshly-released Windows 10 RS5 build 17643 this week. Microsoft first unveiled the feature last year at Build 2017, presenting it as an easy way for easily copying content from a Windows 10 PC and pasting it to other devices, but the company has been pretty mum about it so far.
A couple of months ago, Microsoft watcher Rafael Rivera found a Cloud Clipboard prototype in the Windows 10 Insider build 17004, but it wasn’t functional. But following the release of the RS5 build 17643 yesterday, tech detectives Tero Alhonen and WalkingCat have found more traces of the feature in the Group policy settings for this build (via MSPoweruser). More precisely, they found an “Allow Clipboard synchronisation across devices” policy as well as a “Allow Clipboard History” policy in the Windows 10 Group Policy Editor:
Allow Clipboard synchronization across devices Policy in Windows 10 build 17643
If you enable this policy setting, Clipboard contents are allowed to be synchronized across devices logged in under the same Microsoft account or Azure AD account. pic.twitter.com/nm9ZesUiTw
— Tero Alhonen (@teroalhonen) April 13, 2018
there is another policy "Allow Clipboard History", "This policy setting determines whether history of Clipboard contents can be stored in memory." https://t.co/xAo29TE5E2
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) April 13, 2018
The description for the “Allow Clipboard synchronization across devices” policy explicitely says that the cloud syncing between devices will require a Microsoft account or Azure AD account to work. It remains to be seen if Cloud Clipboard will officially make its debut with the Redstone 5 update later this year, but Microsoft will likely more share more details about the feature next month during Build 2018.Further reading: build 17643, Cloud clipboard, Group Policy, Redstone 5, RS5, Windows 10, Windows Insider