Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Windows Store gets UI changes, Joe Belfiore tweet sparks outrage in mobile fans and more
Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.
Windows Store gets UI changes
The Windows Store has gotten some noticeable changes on both the Windows 10 Mobile and classic Windows 10 platform. The Windows 10 Mobile version of the store mostly had its color palette switched up, having some of the darker parts become lighter, and some of the lighter bits become darker. No big functionality changes, but it looks nice.
Joe Belfiore upsets Twitter with comments
People on Twitter have not been happy with the state of Windows 10 Mobile, and for good reason. The platform has not been getting very much support recently, especially when compared to other mobile platforms. Recently, when confronted about this issue, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said that they still had affection for the platform, and said that Microsoft is “Trying to bring some of [Windows 10 Mobile’s] benefits (Cortana, PC connection) to our tons of iOS/Android users.”
We have no hate for WP! In fact, we're trying to bring some of it's benefits (Cortana, PC connection) to our tons of iOS/Android users.
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) July 26, 2017
Tech analyst says fall of Windows 10 Mobile was “avoidable”
Notable tech analyst Jean-Louis Gassée had some things to say recently about Windows 10 Mobile, and why it ended up doing as poorly as it did. He had some fairly interesting things to say – including a story about how he was asked for advice by Nokia years ago. At the end of the day, Gassée said that the thing that did in Windows 10 Mobile wasn’t any one executive, but instead the culture at Microsoft that had them make decisions that weren’t ideal for the platform.
Fitbit app on Windows 10 Mobile gets a touch of Fluent Design
Fluent Design has slowly been sneaking into many official applications on the Windows Store, but just now we’re getting some third party apps see its influence. Fitbit, an app that has long had support from Microsoft, recently got a big update that added in tons of fixes and stability changes, but also brought in some Fluent Design UI changes. You can now see that acrylic, frosted-glass design language all over the Fitbit app.
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