Windows Blue to include 'picture frame' mode

The leak of Windows Blue build 9364 has given us a fantastic look into the direction that Microsoft is taking the platform, and one of the many new features is a picture frame mode that will turn a device's lock screen into live display of a user's photographs. 

While you displaying images on a lock screen is something that has been available for some time, Windows Blue's implementation of the feature has a twist. The feature will let users turn their lock screen background image into a picture frame of their personal photos from local and cloud-based storage. The feature is a lot like what is available on Windows Phone 8, where users can have their image updated via Bing or many other sources.

While not a major new feature, it's the small items such as these that will allow consumers to customize their machine to make it a more personal experience. 

As more users get their hands on this Windows Blue build, expect more secrets to be uncovered about what the next Windows installment from Microsoft will include.

Thanks for the tip, AngelWZR! 

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HP TouchPad/WebOS did it first, though I think cloud-sourcing the photos was either not an option or a limited one. I'm glad to see its' features continue to proliferate into other devices.

Wonder what all the W8 fanboys will do a year from now when every one of the points on why it's so perfect and everyone is just stupid is proven completely wrong by the fact that M$ will have fixed it...H8 it.

OOOOOOMG!!! I can't wait! This is so useful and amazing. This feature will help me do absolutely nothing 50% more effectively. I can not wait to see what other great advances have been made for Windows Blue, perhaps they will add drop shadows to certain elements and induce slideshow functionality for items in My Computer that retain transparency when used against a live desktop.

If this is even remotely like Windows Medica Center's picture flyby screen saver I'm incredibly excited. Computers throughout the house become functional appliances when you aren't even using them.

Hopefully you can precisely control which pictures to use.

Can't we just sum up these updates in one freaking article? Do we need a new damn "one paragraph article" for everything Windows?

JHBrown said,
Can't we just sum up these updates in one freaking article? Do we need a new damn "one paragraph article" for everything Windows?

I prefer lots of articles.

JHBrown said,
Can't we just sum up these updates in one freaking article? Do we need a new damn "one paragraph article" for everything Windows?

I say the same thing about Apple articles...

Sometimes the information just trickles. I'd rather see it when it's new *here* than wait.

OT: It would be kinda cool if you could throw your Surface on a charging dock and actually use it as an art frame. Maybe that's what this is?

JHBrown said,
Can't we just sum up these updates in one freaking article? Do we need a new damn "one paragraph article" for everything Windows?

I've made a rather large post with all this info on the forums, these kind of pages are just generating traffic!

I would like to see multiple backgrounds for the start screen and the comeback of jumplists in the app bar for the modern ui apps

brianshapiro said,
Cool, but this is just like selecting multiple pictures for the desktop background, 'picture frame' mode is a little high falutin'

I liked this for your timely and witty use of "high falutin'".

GP007 said,
I wonder if this mode does more than just show your pictures but also remove the date/time and notifications?

I'd imagine the notifications would still be there. Or at the very least the default option...

GP007 said,
I wonder if this mode does more than just show your pictures but also remove the date/time and notifications?

Well it doesn't do anything at the moment!