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Windows 10 20H1 Gains New Cortana Beta UWP App

Microsoft has released a new Cortana Beta app for Windows 10 20H1, a UWP app that features the UI from Android and iOS.


Earlier this week, sent out a new update for its 20H1 preview branch. Available now on the Windows Insider Program Fast Ring, the 18922 preview build introduces and new Cortana Beta app to Windows 10.

If you have already downloaded Windows 10 20 H1 preview build 18922 and not seen the new Cortana app, that's because it is hidden. Twitter user and Microsoft watcher Albacore discovered the app before further details we released.

Like the old Cortana Beta experience, the new application is still located by Windows Search in the taskbar. However, it now features a new UI experience. Microsoft seems to be transitioning the mobile UI it uses on iOS and Android to Windows 10.

Highlighting Microsoft's apparent continued commitment to the Universal Windows Platform, the Cortana Beta is a full UWP app. That means it will run equally across any Windows 10 device where UWP apps are supported.

Rudy Huyn, the former Windows Phone developer, added more details about the app. He says it is a Microsoft Store app. This means it can be updated at any time, unlike some other native Windows 10 apps that must wait for Windows Updates. Microsoft is now able to roll out updates for Cortana Beta whenever it needs to.

Improved Notifications

Last week, Microsoft rolled out Preview Build 18917, which made some key improvements to the Action Center.

Included in Windows 10 build 18917, there is a new “Manage notifications” section within the Action Center. Users can find the Manage notifications button in the top right corner of the Action Center. This is a simple enough addition that allows users to access settings for notifications and actions more easily.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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