Twitter's Windows Phone app joins the 21st century

The new version of its Windows Phone app brings it in line with the design and features available for some time on iOS and Android.

Twitter updated its Windows Phone app this morning, bringing it in line with its iOS and Android apps. Twitter

Twitter today updated its Windows Phone app, adding a slew of new discovery features that had been included in the social network's iOS and Android apps for some time.

In a blog post, Twitter said that it had fundamentally redesigned the Windows Phone version of its app to be "in line with other Twitter apps," in part by adding an all-new navigation structure for those on Microsoft's mobile OS.

That structure is built around the Home, Connect, Discovery, and Me tabs that have been used for Twitter's iOS and Android apps for a while. The Home tab allows users to see their timeline, and to tap on a tweet in order to see its full content. The Connect tab is built to let users see all their @-mentions or who has followed, retweeted, or favorited them. The new Discover tab is home to trending topics, as well as a place to find new content or people on Twitter. And the Me tab is a place for users to see and reply to direct messages, browse lists, and update their profile.

The new Windows Phone app will also feature buttons for instantly composing a new tweet, and for searching Twitter. Plus it will have "live tiles" meant to let users "pin Twitter accounts, lists and searches to your start screen, giving you quick access to some of your favorite Twitter content."

Twitter has recently been working hard to make its user experience consistent across various platforms, and today's move is just the latest in its attempts to ensure that users have a similar experience -- crucial as it builds out its advertising platform -- regardless of which OS they're on.

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