Microsoft updates Groove music app for Windows Insiders, including Cortana improvements

Less than two weeks after the arrival of its last Groove update for Windows Insiders, Microsoft is rolling out the latest version of the app for those in the Fast ring, bringing some new features and improvements.

Version 3.6.2438.0 of the app now tracks playlists that you've recently listened to in the Explore and Your Groove sections, making it easier to find the tunes you've enjoyed lately.

When adding songs to your own playlists, Groove will now let you know if you're trying to add a duplicate of a song that's already listed there. Until now, it's been possible to add the same song to a playlist more than once with no prompts to stop you from doing so.

For Groove Music Pass subscribers, you can now ask Cortana to play music by genre ("Cortana, play rock") even if you don't have any music belonging to that genre in your collection. And even if you don't have any music at all in your collection, you can still ask Cortana to play you some tunes - the digital assistant will stream highlights from the Top Music showcase.

Microsoft's Ellen Kilbourne shared a few other bits to look out for as part of this update:

  • We added a bit more telemetry to the Cortana integration with Groove Music so that we can even better understand when she doesn't deliver on your requests related to music.
  • We updated the app so that it automatically enters full screen mode on the console.
  • We updated the Feedback Hub app so that it collects even better information about your collection when you submit feedback about the app.
  • We updated the way the app looks for music on SD cards so that discovery is more reliable.
  • We made changes to improve local playback…we heard your feedback on issues here.

While the update is rolling out now to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, other Groove users on Windows 10 should expect to see these improvements make their way to the app in the coming weeks.

Source: Microsoft

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