Windows Central app build 17 brings some formatting fixes and 3rd party YouTube support

The Windows Central app for Windows 10 and Mobile is getting a small patch update today, and it should be hitting your devices soon.

Today's build brings only two new small features as our developer Daniel Gary continues to work on the finer points of formatting and bug fixing. Here is what is new and fixed!

Windows Central 1.1.17 (build 17)

  • Added 'Read in Browser' button
  • Improved article formatting
  • Support for 3rd party YouTube apps
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the live tile badge count to be incorrect
  • Fixed a bug that could show duplicate articles on the live tile

A 'View in browser' button is one of the most requested features. Now when you are reading an article, you can quickly tap a button to open it directly in Microsoft Edge (or whatever your default desktop browser may be).

Regarding article formatting the text in each story is better indented (instead of being at the edge), and the scrollbars should now be working for those on the desktop.

For third-party YouTube apps you can now hit 'Play' on the video and if you tap the YouTube logo (see image below) you gain the option to open the video in your preferred YouTube app e.g. MyTube! or Tubecast. This option mimics how you can open a YouTube video in another tab if in a web browser and it should be good for those who like using external apps.

Note: For our Windows 10 Mobile app the behavior is different as it uses the player. Instead, just tap the title of the video to open in a third-party app of your choice.

The other fixes are for some bugs regarding the Live Tile and incorrect badge counts and duplicate articles, which are self-explanatory.

We still have some more work to do for article progress indicator and more so stay tuned as we work through those requests and more on our UserVoice page. Speaking of, remember, no need to leave requests or feedback here in comments as our Windows Central UserVoice page lets us track issues and feature requests. So if you want your vote to count go there instead.

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Daniel Rubino

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.