Windows 10 SMS app gets Fluent Design improvements ahead of the Andromeda mobile device
Latest Insider Preview build includes an updated Messaging app
The built-in Messaging / SMS app for Windows 10 has been updated for Insiders in the Fast Ring running builds from the Redstone 4 development branch. As Windows Central reports, the Microsoft Messaging app now has an updated look with Fluent Design elements.
Similar to other built-in Windows apps like Maps, Photos and Groove, the default messaging app on Windows 10 also gets the new look with Acrylic blur and reveal effects. This is the first update since 2016 for Messaging, and it’s only for Windows 10. You may wonder why the update has been released at all as Windows 10 Mobile won’t get these improvements, while the current Lumia flagship phones are now older than two years.
As you probably know, Microsoft is working on Andromeda / OneCore OS which is expected to debut this year, along with a new mobile device (Surface Phone, anyone?) with phone capabilities. The adaptable Windows platform will run on all types of devices, including phone-like Surface device with two screens.
The update for Messaging could also be connected with Windows 10 on ARM, and the new always-connected PCs that could also be used to send text messages and make calls via cellular networks.