The Windows 10 Compact Overlay makes multitasking easier

EdNikoff avatar. By: EdNikoff
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As we’ve already mentioned in our Windows 10 build 15031 announcement post, Microsoft introduced the new Compact Overlay feature to the system allowing users to easily multitask between two Windows 10 apps with a picture-in-picture system.

This system is the most effective with video playback. For example, if you’re watching a movie with the Windows 10 Movies app, you can switch to another app and you’ll still be able to see the playback in the top right corner of the screen.

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.

This is a well-known feature for Android users who can use it in YouTube’s official app. However, Microsoft is the first developer that implements such a feature in its operating system.

Compact Overlay is, for now, available to Insiders on the Fast Ring running at least Windows 10 build 15031. However, it will surely be released to the general public with the Creators Update for Windows 10 this April.

What do you think about Compact Overlay for Windows 10? Will it make you more productive or cause even more procrastination because you’ll be able to watch your favorite movie even if you minimize the app? Let us know in the comments below.

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