Microsoft Introduces New Picture-in-Picture Mode with Windows 10 Preview 15031

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Feb 8, 2017
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Microsoft says today is the Windows Developer Day. So, happy Windows Developer Day, developers!

To celebrate the day, the company has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to PC users in the Fast ring. Nope, nothing for you Mobile Insiders. But, today’s not the day to be upset. Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 15031 has brought in a new picture-in-picture mode to Windows. Yep, you heard that right.

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Windows 10 15031 is now live for PC

Here’s the complete changelog of what’s new with Windows 10 Preview Build 15031 for PC Insiders.

Do more at once with the new Compact Overlay window: 

Ever want to continue watching a movie while switching app to check your email? Or keep an eye on your video chat even as you’re browsing the web? We do all the time! Some tasks don’t require the user’s full attention but is perfect to leave at the corner of the screen so we’re introducing a new compact overlay mode for UWA app developers. When an app window enters compact overlay mode it’ll be shown above other windows so it won’t get blocked. The best part is that compact overlay windows work just like normal windows in all other ways so app developers can tailor the experience with what they already know. Updates to the Movies & TV app and Skype Preview app will take advantage of compact overlay windows in the near future!

Introducing Dynamic Lock: 

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Dynamic Lock automatically locks your Windows 10 PC when you’re not around based the proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone. If your Bluetooth-paired phone is not found near your PC, Windows turns off the screen and locks the PC after 30 seconds. To enable Dynamic Lock, make sure your phone is paired to your PC via Bluetooth and go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and toggle Dynamic lock to “on”.

New Share icon: 

We’re introducing a new share icon. Apps that used the “share” font glyph in Segoe MDL2 assets should get the change automatically.

Windows Game Bar improved full-screen support: 

We got a ton of feedback on Game Bar and we are continually adding more titles with this support. In this build, we’ve added support for 52 additional games in full-screen mode with Windows game bar. As always, just hit WIN + G to invoke Game Bar to capture a recording or screenshot.

Tip: You can control this feature through the Windows Game bar settings. In the settings dialog, look for the “Show Game bar when I play full-screen games” checkbox.

Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 15031 has also brought in a number of fixes and improvements. There’s also quite a lengthy known issues section. The previous problem of stuck download progress bar and the loss of audio persist, along with a number of other problems. Don’t forget to check the official blog post detailing everything, and offering fixes for some issues too.

Do let us know if you’re testing the new Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 15031 and if you’re loving the new picture-in-picture mode and the dynamic lock.

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