One of Windows 10's most valuable features could soon get an upgrade

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Your Phone app will reportedly gain picture-in-picture support for messages.
  • The app will also reportedly gain the ability to copy text from images.
  • These features aren't available yet but have been shown in images.

Microsoft's Your Phone app on Windows 10 will gain picture-in-picture support for messages and the ability to copy text from images, according to a report from Windows Latest. While these features aren't available to general users or Insiders yet, Windows Latest has images that appear to show the features in action. The outlet suspects that the features will arrive for Insiders within a month or two, but that's not confirmed at this time.

Microsoft's Your Phone is a large part of the tech giant's plans for mobile phones. People can sync their text messages, photos, and other content across their devices and use the Your Phone app on Windows 10 to control their smartphone. The app is an increasingly useful addition to Windows 10. Our executive editor, Daniel Rubino, said earlier this year that the app "could change the way you use mobile tech." While some of Your Phone's features are exclusive to select Samsung phones, the app has continued to gain useful features over time, such as the ability to control a smartphone's audio.

The addition of picture-in-picture messages would give people another way to keep in touch through text messages. Picture-in-picture windows on Windows 10 stay above other applications, so you could keep a window open to text someone without having to close the app you're in.

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The usefulness of copying text from images will vary largely on if people use text messages for sending and receiving images. Some mobile phone plans still charge extra for images, so many prefer to use web-based apps for images. That being said, it's always good to have more options.

Sean Endicott
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