Movies & TV App for Windows 10 Gets a Fun UI Refresh

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Movies & TV, Windows 10 with 33 Comments

Movies & TV App for Windows 10 Gets a Fun UI Refresh

We’re just weeks away from the release of the Creators Update, but Microsoft continues to screw around with the Windows 10 in-box apps. The latest example: A fun new UI refresh for the Movies & TV app.

If you’re familiar with the company’s previous shenanigans around this app and Groove, I have good news this time: This new update is available to Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring and the Slow ring right now. You don’t have to play around with your ring settings and hope you get the update.

What awaits is an interesting new look and feel that departs from the look and feel of so many other Windows 10 in-box apps. I wonder if this new look will be applied to Groove in the future as well.

As before, there are three main views to the app. But this time around they’re different. Instead of Movies, TV, and Videos, as before, now we get Explore, Purchased and Personal.

Explore is new. This view provides a front-end to new content you can buy or rent in Windows Store, but also free videos like movie trailers and

Explore is new. This view provides a front-end to new content you can buy or rent in Windows Store, but also free videos like movie trailers and 360-degree videos.

It’s perfect for that Windows Mixed Reality headset you’ve been eyeing, but it also works with any Creators Update-based PC; just drag the video with your finger or mouse.

The new Purchased view replaces the previous Movies and TV views. It shows movies by default, but you can use the Media type filter to switch to a TV view.

Personal replaces Videos and shows you any non-protected videos you’ve downloaded to your PC, as before.

I like it.

Small update: Groove has a new intro animation/movie, and I bet this app is updated to the new look and feel soon.

 

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