Microsoft drops Xbox brand from new Windows 10 Music and Video apps

2 Apr 2015

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Xbox Music and Xbox Video are not going to feature in the forthcoming Windows 10 operating system, simply being named Music and Video by Microsoft.

Microsoft this week previewed early versions of the new Music and Video apps that feature in the Store Beta (grey tile) in the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

The Music app allows users to take MP3s on their device, in OneDrive or music from Xbox Music Pass and create playlists by dragging and dropping the song.

Users will be able to access their playlists across Windows devices, Xbox consoles and on the web at music.xbox.com.

Fortcoming features include right-click control of menus, a compact mode, improved settings and more.

The Video app allows users to play video files, including MKV, as well as browse and play movies that have been purchased on any Xbox device.

A new device management tool lets users paly downloads offline more reliably.

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