It may be April 1, but this is no joke. Microsoft has begun pushing Groove update 10.17032.1019.0 to some users on the Insider Fast Ring for PC and Mobile – a jump from the previous 10.17022.1030.0.
With this update is the ability to play music videos for songs that have them within the app directly (like on Xbox), a slightly updated "now playing" screen that features elements of NEON and more.
Here is what's new!
- Music Videos – Watch music videos for songs that have them
- More like this – Instantly add 10 more songs to any playlist
- Follow Playlists – Hear the latest tracks as they're added to featured playlists
Also, we can see some elements of Project NEON sneaking into Groove's now playing screen.
Previously, the background was all black with either the album or artist image centered. Now, the background is blurred with the artist album.
Other user elements have been shifted around to give a cleaner, more minimalist look too and overall we like it a lot.
About the update
We have had a few tips from users on the Fast Ring getting it for PC, although none of our computers have received the updated. Ironically, our HP Elite x3 on Fast Ring did get the update, and it too has the toggle for video playback, although we have yet to find a video that works.
Update: it works on mobile too!
It's not clear if this is a slow rollout or if Microsoft is A/B testing the feature before general release. In other words, if you don't see this update, it's not you.
Thanks, Aaron H., Peter H., and Raphael, for the tips!
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