Amidst the torrent of app updates Windows 10 Insiders might be seeing over the next 24 hours, as are warranted on Tuesday’s, should lie a seemingly innocuous Groove update.
However, unlike its many change log-less brethren, the update to the Insider preview Groove app not only comes with a log of its changes but some details on the tweaks and adjustments made to improve its listening and navigational experiences.
Once again, the Insider community has Ellen Kilbourne, a Microsoft forum moderator and Groove team participant to thank for detailing new features and fixes that have arrived with Groove Music for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring.
Update: It appears the app update has been put on pause barring an investigation into providing a small fix before it hits devices.
— Ellen Kilbourne (@ellenment) August 17, 2016
Hello, Windows Insiders! Another update for Groove Music hit the Windows Insider Fast ring last night for PC, phone, and HoloLens. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Here’s what’s included in this update:
- Playlists from Your Groove and Explore now get tracked in the recent plays section.
- We updated the app so that it warns you when you’re about to add duplicate content to your playlists.
- If you have a Groove Music Pass, Cortana will now play music by genre even if your collection doesn’t have any music in that genre. Cortana, play ROCK! Cortana will also do a better job when you simply tell her to play music. She’ll play music even if you have zero music in your collection. She’ll pull from Top Music in that case.
- We added a bit more telemetry to the Cortana integration with Groove Music so that we can even better understand when she doesn’t deliver on your requests related to music.
- We updated the app so that it automatically enters full-screen mode on the console.
- We updated the Feedback Hub app so that it collects even better information about your collection when you submit feedback about the app.
- We updated the way the app looks for music on SD cards so that discovery is more reliable.
- We made changes to improve local playback…we heard your feedback on issues here.
For those who have yet to see the update crop up in their list of app updates thus far, never fear, it’s most likely rolling out and should be hitting devices shortly. For anyone who has received and downloaded the update, please let us know in the comments below of changes, bugs, or tweaks that you may be experiencing that Kilbourne has not covered.Further reading: Ellen Kilbourne, Fast Ring, Groove, HoloLens, Microsoft, Music, PC, Windows 10