If reports are to be believed, Microsoft is working on the much-anticipated revamp of its Picture in Picture (PiP) mode in the popular Edge browser, and the potential impact could be significant.
The news, shared by Windows enthusiast @Leopeva64, reveals a crucial improvement: videos will now automatically minimize to PiP mode when users switch apps rather than when they switch tabs or windows. Adding to the excitement, he also provided a screenshot showcasing new buttons designed for the PiP window, allowing users to “Seek backward” and “Seek forward.”
Microsoft has changed the description of the "Auto Picture-in-Picture" feature, the description now says that videos are automatically minimized to Picture in Picture mode WHEN YOU SWITCH APPS and not when you switch tabs or windows:https://t.co/OM8izjN46K pic.twitter.com/ANuE89sSSl
— Leopeva64 (@Leopeva64) October 10, 2023
PiP mode is a feature that allows users to watch videos in a small window while using other applications on their devices. Users can easily move the PiP window around their screen, even overlapping other apps.
Imagine you are watching a video on one tab using Microsoft Edge. Suddenly, you receive an email notification on your screen. In the past, you would have had to pause the video or keep switching between tabs, which would have negatively affected your viewing experience.
But with the improved Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, a small window displaying the video will appear in the bottom left corner of your screen when you switch to another app. This way, you can continue watching the video while attending to other tasks without interruption.
The subtle yet impressive enhancement will allow you to continue watching your beloved YouTube video in the PiP window while conveniently engaging with other apps simultaneously. Additionally, you now have the freedom to move the PiP window wherever you desire on your screen—whether you prefer it tucked away discreetly or floating close by, ready to seize your attention.
The future of video consumption in Microsoft Edge appears all the more exciting with these recent developments. As users eagerly await the rollout of this revamped PiP mode, it is safe to say that multitasking across apps while enjoying videos will never be the same.