Recent News - Services

myTube! update round-up, 'Next gen' version still coming!

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Last covered at the start of 2019, myTube! hasn't quite reached the 'next generation' v4.x that is promised for 2019, though it's definitely still coming. But fear not, for there has been a mountain of changes and fixes to the main v3.x codebase since our last story, see the list below and with the app last updated yesterday.

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Wrong browser? No search? Spotify no longer for Windows phones

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Spotify has effectively ended its service on Windows-powered phones, as of last week, with the withdrawal of the core search facilities (i.e. for music). This was expected and I try to provide links and quotes below to chronicle Spotify on the platform(s). As to alternatives, there's a third party client, but it does come with a few quirks and caveats. 

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Twitter (PWA) gets faster interface, birthday editing, loads of fixes

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Last covered here back in March, Twitter keeps on improving its Twitter PWA, most easily accessed on Windows 10 Mobile through the official UWP Store application, even if the code changes are all server-side. Still, Twitter gets smoother and more functional week by week - it's the flagship social network for W10M these days, I'd argue. Here's what's new, updated and fixed.

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No, the Microsoft Store client isn't being frozen for Windows 10 Mobile

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With various scare stories being put forward over the weekend, I thought it appropriate to refute them with the aid of an informed tweet or two. The scare was that Microsoft wasn't going to update the Store client for Windows 10 Mobile anymore, potentially leading to something breaking earlier than planned. However, this didn't seem quite right, this early, and the dependable Rudy Huyn came to the rescue with an informed MVP viewpoint.

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OneDrive Groove Music streaming to end in April 2019

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One of the interesting things about Microsoft's Groove Music player application for Windows 10 (whether for desktop or mobile) is that, in addition to local playback of music files on the device, it can also stream music files found on your OneDrive. Well, it can until April, after which Microsoft is killing the server hook-ups that let this happen. Why Microsoft is doing this is a mystery, especially since it hits Groove Music on their beloved PCs/desktops as well. As many have mentioned on social media, maybe Microsoft really does hate consumers? Now, are there workarounds?

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Cortana gets To-Do integration in the UK and some other markets

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Windows 10 Mobile and Cortana may not be quite as dead as some might think. We've still got a year of life and support left, and the last 24 hours saw the switching on of Cortana integration with newish 'wonder' app Microsoft To-Do (UWP), which itself has been getting updates every few weeks. The upshot is that you can now (e.g.) tell Cortana to add such and such a task "to your To-Do list".

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Has Microsoft has fixed its Photos API issues?...

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Just a quick note to say, that at some point in the last few months, I think Microsoft finally fixed its issues with backed-up non-Lumia-shot photos, some details and links below. Sorry if this sounds nebulous, but all is working now, and it certainly wasn't in the middle of 2018. Yay!

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Shock(!) Store news: Microsoft care for Windows 10 Mobile at a new low

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It won't have escaped any regular readers notice that Microsoft's central Store application has been getting some updates over the last two months, culminating in one in the last 24 hours that (ahem) broke even more in the interface. Admittedly, the Store still works, but the sheer amount that's now almost unusable in the UI shows how little care and attention is being paid to the OS by much of Microsoft now.

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Windows 10 Maps gets extensive Fluent Design and traffic overhaul

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Fresh on the back of the Maps platform overhaul, today sees a brand new version of Windows 10 Maps, a UWP app for all devices, including phone/mobile. Highlights in v5.1808 include lots of 'Fluent Design' (transparency) effects and colour coded traffic summaries, along with total delay estimates. Maps is a great example of an app and a service getting big updates under Windows 10 Mobile even though the OS itself is at a 'security updates only' status.

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