Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Mobile missing from Build, New UI Improvements and more

Michael Cottuli

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.

Mobile is MIA at Build 2017

Many people were hoping to get some reassurance as to the future of Windows 10 Mobile , but they didn’t get it. After the Build conference was all said and done, we were left with possibly the most dry week of Windows 10 Mobile news yet. It seems like the operating system has all but gone into hibernation, and doesn’t intend to be heard from for a while. As always, our recaps will be keeping you posted if Microsoft starts to revive our little operating system that could.

New UI improvements hit Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 on PC and Mobile got some changes this week, making it a little bit prettier and adding in an oft-requested feature. The first change you’ll be noticing that thinner progress bar in your downloads, which now also shows the total size of the app, and the current download speed. You’ll also notice that you now have the option to remotely install apps on your Xbox One, if that’s something you need to do from mobile.

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Dropbox adds Excel support in new update

Looking to get some more use out of Dropbox on Windows 10? The new update on Rudy Huyn’s Dropbox UWP has come out, adding in a few new features. The biggest feature on offer is the added support for Excel spreadsheet viewing – something that’s definitely welcome, for frequent Dropbox users. On top of that, the new update also added in some drag-and-drop functionality in grid view.

Cortana Skills Kit on its way

Microsoft announced a brand new program called the Cortana Skills Kit at Build this year. While this isn’t strictly going to be helping out UWP, it’s designed to help developers modernize their apps and really perfect Cortana integration – that’s something that could go a long way with Windows 10 Mobile, if we give it some time. We’ll have to see what kind fo things developers can do with this new toolset, but it’s promising.

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Thanks for joining us. If you want all of the news as it happens, keep an eye on our Windows 10 Mobile tag.