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Twitter's new Happening Now section
Twitter’s Happening Now section in the Windows 10 app

A new update to the Twitter app for Windows 10 brings users all of the social network’s recently introduced functions in a native Windows 10 app, along with a “Happening Now” section that summarizes popular tweets. The update, announced today on the Microsoft Windows blog, includes group direct messages for private conversations among groups of friends and the ability to quote tweets.

The new Happening Now section is reminiscent of the Discover section recently stripped from other apps, but seems to be more personalized than the current Top Tweets section in the iOS and Android apps.

The Windows 10 app now has many of the features found on Twitter’s apps for other platforms. Group direct messages were introduced at the beginning of the year on iOS and Android, along with the web app. They’re just now enabled through the Windows app.

Group DMs on Windows 10
Group DMs on Windows 10

Quoted tweets were also improved earlier this year but weren’t available for Windows 10 app users. Twitter users can now choose between a simple retweet or adding a comment to an existing tweet with the Windows 10 app. The new functionality allows people to expand on ideas in tweets without having to summarize them and waste precious characters.

Perhaps most importantly, Twitter now allows Windows 10 users to switch between accounts quickly. This has been a main selling point of many third-party applications, making it easy for people to switch between personal and brand Twitter accounts. It has also been a part of the Twitter app for iOS and Android for a while now.

The Twitter app has been updated ahead of Windows 10 availability for Windows Phones, but now matches many of the features found on other mobile operating systems. Windows 10 users have been able to and can continue to use the web version on their devices.

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