Microsoft Edge Canary adds a dedicated PiP button to the Global Media Controls

Edge Canary is updated daily, and though not every update brings with it new features, certain features are first introduced as experimental features, which then make it to the builds. One such feature that the latest Edge Canary builds is bringing is the ability to enter picture-in-picture right through the global media controls. The feature was added with Edge Canary version 82.0.442.0.

Microsoft followed Google’s steps to bring global media controls to Edge Canary back in August 2019. Interestingly, the ability to enable picture-in-picture right through the global media controls for any media that is currently playing in the browser is also rolling out to users running Chrome Canary version 82.0.4075. It is no secret that the companies work together to contribute to the Chromium open-source platform, in turn benefiting from each other’s work.

Users can enable the feature by heading to edge://flags, searching for 'Global Media Controls' and enabling the ‘Global Media Controls and ‘Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture’ flags. They can then click on the picture-in-picture icon in the controls while playing any media to pop the window out separately, which stays always on top of other windows.

Though minor, the addition of this feature to the browser would be a nifty addition for users to quickly pop out any media, including video, playing in the browser without having to navigate to a specific tab to enable picture-in-picture. If you wish to try out the feature, you can download Edge Canary from here. However, one must note that these builds tend to contain rough edges as they are test versions, thankfully you can run it right next to the Stable version of Edge.

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