Last week, Microsoft delivered a big update for its Movies & TV app on Windows 10 (known as Films & TV in the UK), bringing several new features, including support for 360-degree videos. Now, a further update is in the works, bringing a completely redesigned interface to the app.
This is what the app currently looks like for most Windows 10 users (version 10.17012.1030.0 of the app):
As you can see, the interface is similar in structure to that of the Groove Music app on Windows 10, relying on a collapsible nav-menu on the left, which provides links to the movies and TV shows that users have purchased or rented from the Windows Store, along with access to other videos stored on their devices.
Below, you can see how the interface has changed in the new version of the app (10.17021.1026):
The UI has been completely redesigned, ditching the familiar navigation structure in favor of three tabs along the top of the app. 'Personal' replaces the previous 'Videos' view, while 'Purchased' groups movies and TV shows acquired from the Windows Store.
The new 'Explore' pane has a prominent carousel of featured content with links to the Windows Store, along with buttons directing users to browse Trailers, 360-degree videos, movies, and TV shows. This includes "picks for you" - recommended content based on your previous viewing history - greatly improving the process of discovering new stuff to watch.
The new version of the app has begun rolling out to some Windows Insiders in the Slow ring, as Microsoft temporarily paused app updates for the Fast ring last week. As you would expect, given that this is a Universal Windows Platform app, the redesign is also available for phones in the Slow ring, as well as PCs. Here's how the new look appears on Windows 10 Mobile:
The new look was first spotted by Windows Insider Aaron Hall on Twitter. Microsoft hasn't yet made any announcements regarding the updated user interface, and a full changelog is not yet available either.