Microsoft Messaging app updated with Fluent Design in latest Windows 10 Insider Preview
Microsoft has updated its built-in Messaging app for the first time since 2016 with Fluent Design improvements.
Yesterday, Microsoft released a brand new Windows 10 PC Insider Preview build for Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead rings that included several notable improvements. However, one such change was not listed in the official changelog: an updated look for the Microsoft Messaging app.
It appears that the built-in Microsoft Messaging app has received a Fluent Design makeover with Acrylic blur and Reveal effects. This is the first significant update to the Microsoft Messaging app since Microsoft pulled Skype integration from it back in 2016. Before you ask, it doesn't look like this update is rolling out on Windows 10 Mobile, at least not currently.
For those unaware, the Microsoft Messaging app in Windows 10 on PC is used to show SMS conversations that are synced from a Windows phone, as well as carrier-specific SMS messages on Windows 10 PCs with cellular connectivity. The app cannot be used to send SMS text messages on PC, however.
Perhaps these improvements are also in preparation for Microsoft's upcoming Andromeda device, which I talked about back in 2017 being a dual-screened, foldable tablet with telephony capabilities. That device will be able to make calls and texts, and as such will use the Microsoft Messaging and Phone apps.
Regardless, the new improvements to the Microsoft Messaging app are a welcome addition, and one that continues to align the rest of the inbox Windows 10 apps with Microsoft's new Fluent Design System.
Thanks for the tip, @falmnd!
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On the other side, what makes you think that if MS plans to release a PC with messaging capabilities, in the near future, that messaging app isn't on a "high priority" list?.... At what point do you think it's reasonable for MS to start giving this app attention? It is January 2018.
We need to understand one thing going forward. Any updates that we see on MS UWP apps installed on our WM devices isn't a necessarily an "update for Windows Mobile devices"... In fact, it's quite the contrary. If anything we should see these as updates for Andromeda (or future devices alike), and as continued work MS is obviously doing for portrait/LS mode at smaller screen sizes. The fact that these apps are still being targeted at WM devices is obviously so they can be tested, and receive feedback on these apps, for their mobile configurations. Anyone with the least bit of sense in their head should see this as exciting as finding a new Andromeda hardware patent. So, I have no doubt that we will see the messaging app in WM get this update. And, frankly, it really needs it,, being broken right now, and showing duplicate messages..... #surfacescribe2018
Also, if those apps have different version numbers they will be different. But, the majority are still getting these new updates, and features, on W10M
The world doesn't care about WP
And, the world isn't gonna accept Android as a PC.... Not yet, at least.
I bet you all the capabilities are already in this app, just turned off
You were one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, APPLE FANBOYS, stating that you would never touch another MS product.. Once a dick, always a dick
Just because your memory is failing, doesn't mean everyone else's is ;-)