Microsoft has rolled out its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 for PC with a handful of new features and a ton of bug fixes. Here's what you need to know.
The build is available to Windows Insider program participants in the Fast Ring. Noteworthy new features include:
Compact Overlay Window
Developers will be able to build apps that lets media to continually be shown in a small window at the top right-hand corner of the screen, which can't be covered. This means if you want to continue watching a movie while switching app to check your email, you can do so without interruption.
It's reminiscent of how Facebook deals with its videos; when you start playing video content on Facebook in a browser and you scroll down, the video will continue to play in a small window on the screen.
Microsoft will be taking advantage of this feature for its Movies & TV app and Skype Preview app in the near future.
This feature locks your Windows 10 PC when you're not around based on proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone. It reminds me of the Intel Authenticate feature where a Bluetooth enabled phone can be used as an extra authentication step for PC logins; so long as a user have their phone Bluetooth on and is within range of their PC, they won't even notice the extra step (you can see it in action here).
For Windows Dynamic Lock, if your Bluetooth-paired phone is not in range your PC, Windows turns off the screen and locks the PC after 30 seconds.
You can enable Dynamic Lock by pairing your phone to your PC via Bluetooth and switching the feature on in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.
Other new features in Windows Preview Build 15031 include:
- New Share icon: "Apps that used the “share” font glyph in Segoe MDL2 assets should get the change automatically," according to Microsoft. You can read more about it here.
- Windows Game Bar improved full-screen support: Microsoft has added support for 52 additional games in full-screen mode with Windows game bar. Use it, users have to hit the Windows key and 'G' to invoke Game Bar to capture a recording or screenshot. You can find the list of additional games that support the Game Bar here.
You can find the full list of bug fixes for this buld here.