What you need to know
- GroupMe on Windows 10 now has a dark mode.
- It only took three years.
- GroupMe is still popular with college kids in the US.
Microsoft's chat app GroupMe has been a favorite focus of the staff at Windows Central for years. It's a fun, light chat app that is available on literally everything, including just straight up SMS.
Three years ago, Microsoft started adding a dark mode to GroupMe on Android and iOS, but some reason, it never came to Windows 10 even though the app is continually updated. It's been a popular rant topic on our weekly podcast.
Finally, our prayers have been answered with version 188.8.131.52, which seems to be going out to all users tonight.
Upon updating the app, the user should be switched to the new dark mode feature, assuming their OS is set too dark. Of course, you can manually override the function and choose light or dark, depending on your preference.
Microsoft has been paying a bit more attention to GroupMe in these last few months. The app recently picked up some minor integration with Skype, which was long overdue too. That new feature lets users start a quick Skype call with the group without users being required to have a Skype account (aka "Meet Now"). Microsoft also introduced some Fluent UI elements, including acrylic, over the last few years.
GroupMe may seem like an out of date service, but many college students, especially in the US, rely on it for classroom collaboration (go on Twitter and search for #GroupMe). On iOS, it enjoys a 4.7 rating (out of 5) from 1.3M reviews.
GroupMe is a classic example of Microsoft owning an excellent service, but not knowing what to do with it. Skype originally bought GroupMe, and then Microsoft bought Skype, where it has mostly been on life support. The app could have been a Telegram competitor back in the day, but it now seems too late. Either way, we're just glad to have dark mode as an option. Maybe someday we'll gain the ability to delete messages?
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.