At the Build conference a couple of days ago Microsoft has announced the Windows Anniversary Update which is about to be released this summer. This will be the first big update for Windows and is expected to bring a whole lot of new feature for Windows on the Desktop, Tablet and Phone. Cortana, the Action Center, the new Start Menu, the Desktop, File Explorer all those things will receive additional features in order to make Windows 10 even better as it already is. And because Windows is a service now it will not be released as Windows 11 or something similar but it will be just a big update for Windows 10 which will then be available for consumers through Windows update to download.
While Microsoft has rolled out the first Redstone builds of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile there are already a few visible features like for example the new notifications Cortana can now give you when your phone has low battery or similar stuff. The Picture in Picture feature has not been rolled out with any Redstone build though we can expect Microsoft to implement this in their operating system later this year since it can be found in the official Windows Update roadmap.
(What the Picture in Picture feature could look like in future releases)
Now it is neither clear yet what the ‘Picture in Picture’ feature will be capable of nor what it will look like at this point, however there are similar features existing on the market. Apple for example does have such a feature for iOS on iPad Tablets. There it allows you to simply keep the video window in the foreground, not covering the whole screen of course, while you can do something else without loosing sight on the video you are currently watching. Above you can have a look at what the ‘Picture in Picture’ feature could look like. While editing a Word document you will be able to continue to watch your video. It doesn’t matter where you are clicking in your Word document since Picture in Picture is turned on to keep the video player in the foreground.
This can be very helpful especially on a tablet but also on the PC. Imagine you are working on something, let’s say in Photoshop and you are not exactly sure how something is working, so you search for a tutorial on YouTube. Currently Windows 10 allows you to snap two or more windows side by side for things like that, however this is not always the best solution, especially on smaller screens this can be very annoying. It is not clear when Microsoft is going to implement this feature, however, it shouldn’t be too complicated to implement this so let’s hope we are able to test this on our PC’s soon. If Windows 10 Mobile will receive this feature as well can’t be said just yet, however it would be definitely nice to see it there as well.
What do our readers think about the ‘Picture in Picture’ feature for Windows 10, a must have or more a gimmick what you wouldn’t really use? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this and stay tuned for moe Microsoft related news in the future.
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