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News: Insider Preview build 15031

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Stuclark    70

Breaking the once-weekly release cycle for the first time this year, Microsoft yesterday released into the wild Insider Preview build 15031.

This build's headline new feature is the Compact Overlay Window - think of it as a picture-in-picture clone from your TV and you'll not be far wrong. It essentially allows app developers to write code that allows their apps to peak through another app's windows and appear on top (um, like that's been possible for years) - ah yes, but this new method allows that "peaked" window to take on a new compact design, only showing the contents (such as a video or TV stream) rather than all the fluff around the content.

As always, the full release notes are available here for all to see, and they include a screenshot of what Compact Overlay Windows will allow (once every app under the sun has been re-coded to use the feature).

As for user experience changes, I can't say I've noticed any yet, but if they crop up I'll add them to this post.


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