Microsoft pushes Windows 10 Xbox app update

On Thursday, Microsoft announced an update to the Xbox Windows 10 app as well as the release of a beta version. The beta app will work in a similar way to their Xbox preview programmes.

Users of the app will now be able to input text on the Xbox One, which includes the use of keyboards, touchpads, and more. According to the posting, this was the most requested feature from Xbox Feedback.

Other features included in the update bring it in alignment with that of the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Previous features which required a manual refresh to update the information — namely the Friends list and Activity Feed — will now be updated in real-time. Users will be able to compare their game progression, which includes gamerscore and achievements, with friends in a side-by-side layout.

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Microsoft is extending its preview programmes to include the Windows 10 Xbox application. Those within the programme will be privy to new updates and features months before they hit the general public, though they will also need to give feedback on the functionality. Microsoft hasn’t stated how ‘open’ the registration process will be.

In a recent comment, the operating-system-turned-gaming-company-turned-everyone’s-friend stated they are beginning to curve the number of users in the Xbox One Preview Program.

Microsoft looks to be taking the application seriously. Previously the company released applications geared towards gaming, such as Smart Glass and the Games section in Windows Vista, and mostly left them alone.



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