More and more Windows 10 is looking like the most recognized mobile OSs that are going away updating every few months in order to incorporate new features that improve the user experience; that at the end of the day is what is important to continue uniting more people around a PC.
Microsoft just made it easier to use multiple applications at once in Windows 10, especially those programs that are more focused on video. The company has released the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 to developers today, and the main attraction is the introduction of so-called "Compact Overlay" windows or windows that overlap compactly.
This new feature allows users to launch a program in a small window that is pinned on other applications, so it can be viewed without being intrusive like a more standard window.
The 'Compact Overlay' windows seem to be useful when one is working with video. For example, you can keep a YouTube video clip or Skype call visible in the corner, making it easier for users to take notes or check email while not missing any of the video.
The best thing about this new capability for developers is that Compact Overlay works like a normal window with all its quirks, so it would be relatively easy to adapt existing programs to support this feature.
It is not clear whether windows of this type can be resized or used with the Snipping functionality. The update also includes full-screen Game Bar for 52 games, including Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto titles.
Microsoft follows in the wake of Apple that already offered a similar feature on MacOS, although it is only compatible with Safari and iTunes. Soon it will be available for use in Skype for Windows and in many other applications when the developers update them.