New information about Universal Apps designed for the Windows 10 platform has revealed an interesting change. Microsoft announced a few days ago that the Groove Music app now has Insider rings just like the operating system itself has. The ability to have "Insider rings" is not limited to the built-in Windows apps.
As smartphones and social media became popular, notification badges to show you new messages became a de facto standard. In Windows 7, Microsoft added overlays for the taskbar so apps could convey anything with a smaller icon over the application's icon.
That overlay could show for example, unread message count for IM and email apps, or play/paused status for media players and similar such notifications for websites pinned to the taskbar using IE. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the same will be possible for Universal Apps.
Windows 10 is well known for resetting apps which the user has set by default. After various updates and build upgrades, Windows 10 resets the default browser back to Edge, the email app back to the Universal Windows Platform Mail app. The same happens for Photos, Groove Music and so on. If you are getting annoyed by having your file associations reset to default Metro apps after certain updates, here is how you can try to prevent it.
If you use Universal (Metro) apps in Windows 10, you might have noticed that like system updates, these apps also get updated automatically. New versions of apps are generally larger. They install without your consent and this not only causes additional traffic and reduces disk space but some apps might have regressions, changed design or missing features in the new version. So you might not want to update all your apps automatically and instead prefer to update them manually. Here is how to disable the automatic updating of apps in Windows 10.
As you might be knowing, Skype's Metro app comes bundled with Windows 10. Recently, Microsoft introduced its companion app called Messaging. Now Microsoft has rolled out updates for Skype, Messaging, People and Video apps which refine the look of those apps.