Microsoft gives a small look at an updated build of Windows 10 for phones

Microsoft is in Barcelona this week where they announced the Lumia 640 and the 640 XL. At the same keynote, the company also showed off a newer build of Windows 10 for phones.

We grabbed a couple screenshots from the stream that shows the Spartan icon and updates to the messaging app. Sure, these are not any groundbreaking new features but they do show items that are currently not available via the preview release that went out a few weeks ago.

If you want to see a few more shots of Spartan on a phone, you can check out our post here.

While we did get to see some of the new messaging features back in January, you can now get a better look at the actual chat part of the messages app. The new message selection view also has rounded chat heads that we have seen in various parts of Microsoft's new UI as well.

Overall, the Start screen UI is still very similar to that of the first preview release but it's clear that there is work being done deep down in the apps to help the UI align across the entire Windows ecosystem. The Messaging app now looks a lot like the UI concept that Skype showed off back in January that you can see below.

When you see the direction the Skype/Messaging app is headed on the desktop, you can begin to see the UI similarities to what has been shown off with Windows 10 for phones.

Microsoft has remained quiet about when the next release will occur for phones and if/when they will expand supported devices for the public preview. It should be noted that during the MWC keynote, the presenter was using a Lumia 930 which is not currently supported by the public release of the OS.

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