The official Windows 10 Twitter app has updated twice in the last week or so and with each update has been the addition of some new features and a variety of bug fixes.
The first update, which began rolling out on August 27th, saw the addition of a secondary inbox for DMs from unfollowed users, an auto-play option for timeline videos, new Windows 10 desktop shortcuts, and a redesign of the media menus.
The second update, which went live earlier today, added new language preferences for mobile and PC users, fixed a keyboard crash issue, and added additional screen reader support for additional in-app text.
Here’s the official release notes with details on the changes:
- On mobile web, we use the language setting of your device. On desktop site, we’ve let users set their language independently. We’re adding language selection to mobile web too. Some users will see their site switch to the language they chose on desktop. Update your language in settings.
- Windows: Swipe keyboard should no longer crash when composing a Tweet.
- Screen reader support: Confirmations and errors will now be read out (e.g. Your Tweet was sent).
- We launched secondary inbox for Direct Messages (DMs). If you have open DMs, you will now see messages from users you don’t follow separated out in a different “Message requests” tab, where you can accept or decline the request. More in this Tweet thread here.
- Desktop: Videos will now autoplay on desktop. This setting can be changed under “Settings and privacy” > “Data usage” > “Video autoplay”. This setting can also be changed under “Accessibility”.
- Desktop: We have added a new suite of keyboard shortcuts to use on the desktop experience! You can find all the available shortcuts here or by pressing the “?” key.
- On touch devices, we now overlay the tweet actions bar and close button over the photo in the media viewer, resulting in less wasted space and a larger image display. You can tap to toggle the visibility of the controls, just like on native apps.
The Windows 10 Twitter app is a progressive web app (PWA) which means that it rarely updates from within the Microsoft Store like most other apps. Changes are typically pushed out to the app and made live without any approval needed by a third-party nor any notification given to the end user.
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