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Twitter for Windows 10 updated with new notification features and settings for live events

Twitter has been slowly branching out to become a platform for live event coverage, and its latest update to its Windows 10 app shows that. Included in the update are new settings for live notifications along with the option to turn on what Twitter calls a "Home Live Banner."

The Home Live Banner is the more interesting of the new options. With the setting toggled on, Twitter will show a banner that "showcases featured live events on home." That'll make discovering and tuning into any featured live events a little quicker.

Under the Notifications settings menu, there is also now a group of live notification settings that you can enable on a granular level. In a more general sense, you can enable notifications when any featured event is starting, as well as any event that is starting within an hour. Separately, there are settings for different categories, including: eSports, Sports, Entertainment, and News. Toggling any one of these on will alert you when an event in that category is starting.

Those are all of the surface-level changes in this update, but there are presumably bug fixes abound as well. In order to pick up these new settings, you'll want to update from Twitter version 5.7.1 to 5.8. The update should be available now on the Windows Store, but the rollout may take some time to land for everyone.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

27 Comments
  • love the new features, developers are responding to our windows needs. brilliant for the ecosystem
  • Glad they are realizing its still a power user platform and are adding back features to the Apps to work much better on Desktop as well as Touch devices.
  • Great to get an update, just a shame they didn't include the round profile images and other notable ui changes as seen on web and other platforms.
  • Well, that's not totally bad thing I've seen a few articles showing how you can avoid it by using Chrome browser ha
  • Im not seeing anything like you're seeing? Mine is the same ole twitter. WTH?
  • Live events banner were add in 5.8.0.0
  • That is the version that I have
  • it at the top showing live 5.8.0 on desktop
  • I took a screenshot but for some reason this site won't let me insert it. On my screen under personalization,  I show Video Auto Play, and under that Tabs. There should be Home Live Banner between the two but not on mine
  • In terms of having a great UWP app, Twitter >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Facebook.
  • Well, considering the Facebook still refuses to support Live via the app on W10M, they just continue to be lame.
  • Facebook doesn't support the platform, they aren't even trying. Shame on them.
  • Which is weird since Instagram does so much
  • I'm still pissed they got rid of tweet notifications
  • Same here!
  • Wait, that was intentional? What the hell =/
  • You mean toast notifications from twitter..? I still get them but they did disappear in between for a while...and arent fully reliable yet. But i've been getting them normally for last few days.
  • No support for Periscope?
  • Periscope has been added. Check it out!
  • Would you mind pointing out where that is on the updated app?  I'm not seeing it.
  • Go to search, search for a Periscope. And now you can click them and watch
  • Does this fix notifications not working for group DM chats? ... And is this mobile as well as desktop?
  • It already is a platform for live event coverage. I find myself checking it for current events more often than MSN News on my iPhone because its just so much better at it. Especially local news in the heat of the moment. Regular news apps are dinosaurs in comparison to Twitter. Although you have to be careful as it is easy to be misled by fake news.
  • Forgive my ignorance. But is this really a first party app or is Microsoft actually doing the development? IF so, awesome, even though I'm not a big twitter user.
  • yes it developed by twitter
  • Funny to see Twitter rated M (Mature/17+), while Facebook is rated T (Teen).
  • Still haven't received this update. Weird. Must be a slow roll out. Will keep checking for updates.