The following is a history of the changes introduced in each version of the Drudge Live for Windows app, starting with the most recent.
Upgraded minimum version of Windows 10 to the Creators Update (Version 1703). The previous version of Drudge Live (4.5.0) will continue to be available for users of older versions of Windows 10.
Bug fixes and memory usage improvements
NEW: Open any news story link in an external web browser by right-clicking with a mouse (on desktop), long-pressing (on mobile and HoloLens), or by pressing B on the gamepad (Xbox)
NEW: Use the mouse scroll-wheel to zoom an image after clicking it
Updated for Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703)
IMPROVED: App uses fewer memory and CPU resources, and performance is improved in multiple areas
NEW: You can now download an image to your computer/device by tapping on the image and then clicking the Download button
NEW: Export your Favorites to a bookmark file, either for backup purposes or to import into a web browser
NEW: Import Favorites from a bookmark file, including bookmark files saved from a web browser; Any links that are inside a folder called "Drudge Live" will be imported into the app
NEW: If the app can't communicate with our service, it tries to determine whether the problem is lack of Internet access or our service being temporarily unavailable
NEW: Press F5 to check for new Drudge Report stories, or to refresh the news story you're currently viewing
Experimental ad blocker is now turned on by default, unless you have turned it off in Settings
Bug fixes and internal improvements
NEW: Ability to remove all images from the main app page (view links only)
NEW: Ability to remove the flip image from the app's Live Tile (only display current headline)
NEW: Experimental ad blocker, which removes SOME of the advertisements within news story web pages (must be enabled in Settings page). NOTE: This feature does NOT remove the minimal set of in-app ads that are in place to support development of this app. To remove all of the in-app ads, select "Remove in-app ads" in the "Other features" (...) menu.
IMPROVED: General app stability
FIXED: Splash screen graphics appear wrong size on some devices
FIXED: Minor display bugs seen in rare cases
IMPROVED: Responsiveness of internal web browser
IMPROVED: Some lag time removed when checking for Drudge updates
FIXED: Displayed new version dialog more than once on phones
FIXED: All screen elements now resizing properly when phone is rotated
FIXED: Right side of news story page could be unresponsive to swipe-to-scroll
Other various bug fixes
Quick fix for people still on older Windows 10 versions that had a glitch with the last update of Drudge Live
NEW: Integration with Windows Feedback Hub lets you post and upvote feedback (requires Windows 10 Anniversary Update)
NEW: Tap the title area on any page to scroll the contents to the top
NEW: On phones, left-side menu can now be opened by swiping in from the left side of the screen, and menu can be navigated by dragging up and down anywhere on the menu surface — great for one-handed phone usage (enable the navigate up/down feature in Settings)
NEW: On phones, news story page controls are moved to the bottom for easy accessibility (can be changed back to the top of the page in Settings)
IMPROVED: Continued UI polish, including menu icons and other tweaks
IMPROVED: If you exit app while in full screen mode, it will start next time in full screen mode
Bug fixes, performance improvements
Improved sound effect handling that will not interrupt background music playing
Improved live tile reliability and performance
Improved use of mouse scroll wheel to scroll page/columns
Reading View more reliable and faster (but keep in mind it can never be perfect, because some websites and news stories just won't play nice)
Bug fixes, performance improvements
Cortana integration lets you launch Drudge Live just by saying "show me Drudge" (and other variations)
New Light theme! Now you can choose between the Dark and Light themes, or use the Windows "App Mode" system setting
Quicker live tile updates when the app is open
Improved Xbox experience, including UI and Xbox controller usage
Brand new Windows 10 Universal (UWP) version of Drudge Live!
One app works on all devices, including desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile, Xbox, and HoloLens
Includes all the features from our previous Windows 8.1 Universal app
Maintains basic layout of the old app, while adding the latest Windows 10 standards
Every part of the app has been optimized for better use of space and overall polish
New single column mode is great for mobile devices (activate in Settings)
Includes new live tile, highlighting the current headline and the Drudge siren (if active)
Better, more responsive internal web browser to view news stories
Tapping or clicking an image will now show it full screen/window
Recent News Stories page now shows how long ago each story was added to Drudge Report
Favorites page now shows the date you saved each favorite
3.2.0(Final Windows 8.1 Universal release, still available for older devices)
Now plain-text items from Drudge are shown in Drudge Live, and plain-text siren headlines trigger a Windows notification. Clicking the text item will mark it as read.
New option lets you view news stories in Reading View by default
Major new release features real-time notifications sent to your Windows devices every time a new siren headline is published on Drudge Report.
New in-app purchase lets you remove our ads. Select the "Remove in-app ads" option in the More/"dots" menu to purchase.
NOTE: The "Remove in-app ads" option does not remove ads within web pages (news stories) linked from our app (and displayed in our app's built-in web browser). Those ads are under the control of the individual websites hosting the news stories.
You can now increase the text size for both links and main headline with new size controls in the Options panel.
Fixed minor layout issue in mobile app's Options panel.
Fixed "Rate this app" item in the More/"dots" menu to correctly open the Windows Store in Windows 10.
Fixed problem with pages on some websites producing an error in the app's built-in browser
Improved likelihood that mobile app will be served mobile-friendly pages from websites
Cosmetic improvements, including new icons for Recent News Stories list and Favorites list, better link color on mouse-over, and fixed version number in About box to show three-number version + build number.
Major new release, includes many new and improved features.
Performance and handling improvements
Improved handling of situations when a network connection is not available, including a notification message
Fixed regression error that caused some clicked links not to immediately display in the "clicked" color
Improved minor responsiveness issues in main page
Fixed network and CPU issue when app remained open for a long time
Fixed text wrapping issue for very long words
NEW: Reading View button strips out all components of the Web page except the text and some images
NEW: Share button for sending or saving links
Performance and display improvements
Increased synchronization performance of clicked links between devices
Changed clicked link history and sound options to non-synchronized (local) settings, so that each device can have different settings
Fixed and improved app behavior when resuming from a suspended state
Your settings may be reset upon installation of this release
Fixed display bug when no top stories are published
Synchronized version number with Windows Phone app
Fixed issue with saving large number of clicked links
Improved real-time synchronization of settings and clicked links with Windows Phone app