Microsoft is testing some new features for two Windows 11 apps: Phone Link and Windows Media Player. Phone Link (originally called Your Phone) gets a new search bar for the Messages tab, while Windows Media Player for All has been updated with better performance for devices with large media collections.
For those who don’t know, Microsoft recently rebranded the Your Phone app as “Phone Link” and added a new Windows 11-inspired interface. Microsoft stopped adding new features to the Your Phone/Phone Link app a while ago because it was busy with the new interface. It appears that the company has started developing new features for the Phone Link app again.
Microsoft’s Phone Link app on Windows 11 and Windows 10 is getting some useful new features, including a search bar. Like the search bar in apps like Mail UWP, Microsoft’s Phone Link now has an updated Messages interface with a search bar that helps you find messages.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the search bar appears directly above the list of messages. You can only find messages synced with Windows 11. In addition to a new search bar, you can also categorize messages into two sections: recently received and hidden.
Microsoft is also increasing the spacing between the notification tiles in the app to reduce confusion and clutter. The new “clear all” option allows you to ignore all notifications.
It’s nice to see new improvements coming to the Phone Link app and we expect even more tweaks in the coming weeks.
Windows Media Player keeps getting better
Microsoft is also rolling out a new version 11.2205 of Windows Media Player for Windows 11 in the Dev Channel. This update promises faster performance for users with a huge media collection. Likewise, it is now possible to sort songs and albums in your collection by date added.
On the updated album page in Windows Media Player, you can sort the songs by the date they were added. Earlier this year, Microsoft added another useful feature to Media Player: support for playing CDs.
The company has also made changes to the Media Player theme and improvements to the app’s overall drag-and-drop capability. These updates are available to everyone in the Windows Insiders program and they will be rolled out to the general public.