April 22nd 2015, 8:00 am PT

New Features in Preview for Xbox App on Windows 10 and Xbox One

Xbox keeps getting better with more new features coming to preview this month for both Xbox One consoles and the Xbox app on Windows 10. We’re making the Xbox app more social, while also giving you more control over your Xbox experience. Also, this month we are delivering several new fan-requested features to the Xbox One console and Xbox One SmartGlass.

  • Xbox on Windows 10

Let’s take a closer look at what’s coming to Xbox on Windows 10 with this month’s Xbox app preview and Windows Insider updates from the Windows team. We know you love recording and sharing game clips and screenshots, so this month we spent time enabling that feature on Windows 10.

Game DVR for PC games – The Game bar lets you record game clips of your favorite Windows games.

Screenshots – Take screenshots of Windows PC games by pressing Windows + Alt + PrtScr. Just as with Game DVR, you can also do this by clicking the “Screenshot” button on the Game bar.

Live Tiles – The Xbox tile on your Windows 10 start menu now welcomes you back, showing off your gamerpic and letting you know when you have new messages and activity alerts.

Avatar app – A new app is available in the Windows Store to customize your Xbox avatar’s appearance and outfit your avatar with a vast collection of items.

User profile – You can see another gamer’s bio, location, reputation, tenure, and other information in the more info page, including their animated avatar.

Real name sharing – Similar to the features we brought you in the March update on Xbox One, you can now choose to share your real name on the Xbox app with all of your friends or with everybody.

In addition to keeping you connected to your games and friends, we’re giving you even more control over the Xbox experience on Windows 10.

Xbox One Now Playing and media controls – The games and apps you’ve used most recently on your Xbox One are now displayed when you connect the Xbox app to your console. You can also use the Xbox app to pause, fast forward and rewind.

Live TV streaming and PIP (picture in picture) support – For preview members with an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner (in 16 European countries and Australia) or a Hauppauge 955Q TV Tuner (available in the U.S. or Canada) attached to their Xbox One, you can now stream live TV within your home from your Xbox One to Windows 10 PC running the Xbox app.

Xbox controller drivers – The drivers for Xbox controllers are now included with Windows 10, so you no longer have to download and install controller drivers on Windows 10.

The Xbox app will automatically update to the April preview version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 4.4.9014.0 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app in Settings.

  • Xbox One and SmartGlass updates

The Xbox team continues to work hard to bring the many fan-requested features on the Xbox Feedback site to Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass, with the following items being available to preview members this month:

Over-the-air TV for the U.S. and Canada – Earlier this month, we announced the preview for an Over-the-Air Tuner for the U.S. and Canada.

Power on and off from Xbox One SmartGlass – The beta versions of the Xbox One SmartGlass apps for Windows, Windows Phone and Android will be updated to let you turn your Xbox One on and off.

Wireless Display app – Try the Wireless Display app to cast photos stored on your phone to your Xbox One, or to stream non-protected video content from your PC to your Xbox.

User-selectable power mode – Select your preferred power mode, either Instant-on or Energy-saving mode.

Voice messages – The ability to send and receive voice messages from the Xbox One messages app continues in preview this month.

For more details about each of these features, check out the full story at Xbox Wire. And stay tuned for more great Xbox features coming your way on Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10.

Don’t forget to let us know what you think at Xbox Feedback.

April 22nd 2015 at 8:00 am | Apps, Preview, System Update, Windows, Xbox One | 98 comments

March 4th 2015, 5:29 pm PT

Phil Spencer’s GDC 2015 address, “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem”

Feel free let Phil know what you thought of his presentation

March 4th 2015 at 5:29 pm | ID@Xbox, Industry, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox One | 90 comments

February 13th 2015, 3:45 pm PT

Xbox app on Windows 10 – February 2015 Feature Summary

The Xbox app on Windows 10 has an updated version available starting today. Our goal is to continue to provide monthly updates of the Xbox app, to collect feedback and ideas from our community. There are a few small updates this month with more to come going forward.

You will automatically get updated to the February version of the Xbox app, when it becomes available in the Store (Beta). Once you receive the update, your version number should be 2.2.1502.02017 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app under Settings. The following features have been updated this month:

• Top Navigation Bar. The smiley face  can be used to send feedback about the app to the product team, get access to forums for the Xbox app, and you can now rate the Xbox app.

• Friends. The user experience for Friends has been updated so that you now see Suggested Friends under a Suggestions header at the top of the Friends list, with a See all button to browse the entire list of VIPs on Xbox and People you May Know. Additionally, you can now start typing in the Friends search box to instantly find specific friends.

• Settings. Small fit and finish items were added to the settings page.


Want to help test out Windows 10 (and the Xbox app) ? Sign up for the Windows Insider program



February 13th 2015 at 3:45 pm | Windows, Xbox Live | 34 comments

January 21st 2015, 6:37 pm PT

Xbox on Windows 10 Presentation

Here is the presentation that Phil Spencer did today during today’s Windows 10 event showing Xbox on Windows 10.

January 21st 2015 at 6:37 pm | Windows, Xbox One, | 95 comments

January 20th 2015, 2:57 pm PT

How to watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing live stream

The Windows 10 Media Briefing is Wednesday, January 21st at 5p GMT/12n ET/9a PT and it will be live streamed here. You’ll be hearing from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer as well as our CEO Satya Nadella.

Find out what time the live stream starts in your timezone.

Watch the stream here:

If you can’t watch the live stream, you can also follow me on Twitter where I’ll be hitting the highlights as well.

Or you can track the goings on with the hashtag #Windows10

January 20th 2015 at 2:57 pm | Windows | 61 comments

January 20th 2015, 2:55 pm PT

Join us for a G+ Hangout this week

Instead of recording a podcast this week, join @thevowel, @jeffrubenstein, @lauralollipop and me this Thursday night, January 22nd at 9p ET/6p PT as we get together and talk about news from this week’s Windows 10 event including our thoughts on the Xbox app and HoloLens.

Find all of the details at my Google+ page  or click the video below once we’re live and watch it from here.

Click here to find out what time the Hangout starts in your time zone.

January 20th 2015 at 2:55 pm | Events, Industry, Video, Windows, Xbox One | 45 comments

December 2nd 2013, 9:47 am PT

Xbox Music’s Cyber Monday Gift: Eminem’s Newest Hit

Cyber Monday may be a day to find great deals online, but there’s no better deal than “free.” Over the past few years, Eminem has been the #1 artist on Xbox Music; so today we invite Windows 8 and Windows Phone users in the US to download Eminem’s newest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, absolutely free.

Here’s how:
1.       Open Xbox Music on your Windows 8 or Windows Phone device and login with your Microsoft Account.
2.       Search for “Eminem” and click through to his artist page.
3.       Find “The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)” album and follow the steps to purchase.
4.       The price has been set to free so you won’t be charged.
We’ve also put all of Eminem’s previous albums on sale for just $0.99 each, so today’s a good day to fill in any gaps in your collection.
Non-Windows 8 / Windows Phone user aren’t left out – you can stream the entire Eminem catalog free today at Have an Xbox Music Pass and an Xbox Live Gold membership?  Stream Eminem’s full catalog right from your console.  

Enjoy your new Cyber Monday shopping soundtrack!

December 2nd 2013 at 9:47 am | Windows, Windows Phone | 92 comments

June 24th 2013, 9:18 am PT

“Project Spark” beta registration now open

Beta sign up for Project Spark is now open over at 

Learn more about “Project Spark’ in the above video or this Q&A done during E3


June 24th 2013 at 9:18 am | Windows, Xbox One | 40 comments

April 11th 2013, 11:53 am PT

Earn Achievements with these Free Windows 8 Games

If you are on Windows 8, you can download these free games an earn Achievements.

Monster Island

Gravity Guy

iStunt 2



April 11th 2013 at 11:53 am | Gaming, Windows | 26 comments

November 21st 2012, 12:15 pm PT

Steam sale for Microsoft Studio Titles

Big sale on Steam right now for Microsoft Studios titles. The sale prices may expire at anytime, so hop on the ones you want now:

Age of Empires III: 75% Off  (Daily Deal) ( )

Age of Empires Online – Starter Pack: 50% Off (

Age of Empires Online – Celebration Bundle: 50% Off (

Toy Soldiers: 50% Off (

Iron Brigade: 50% Off (

Microsoft Flight: 50% Off (

Fable 3: 50% Off (

Fable – The Lost chapters: 50% Off (

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: 50% Off (

Mark of the Ninja: 25% Off  (

Deadlight: 25% Off  (

November 21st 2012 at 12:15 pm | Windows | 44 comments

November 8th 2012, 10:01 am PT

Angry Birds Star Wars now available for Windows 8, RT & Windows Phone 8

Angry Birds Star Wars is now available for Windows8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8. More screenshots on my SkyDrive.

Here is the official promotional copy:

Join the Angry Birds in their biggest adventure yet!  Grab your lightsaber and join the epic adventure in the legendary Star Wars universe where a group of desperate birds face off against a galactic menace:  the Empires evil Pigtroopers!  Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey with the Xbox game now available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.  May the birds be with you! 

November 8th 2012 at 10:01 am | Windows, Windows Phone | 24 comments

October 26th 2012, 8:12 am PT

Windows 8 is now available

Today is a big day for everyone here at Microsoft, as Windows 8 and Surface is now available.  If you haven’t had a chance to play around with Windows 8 yet, you should check out the Windows blog on what to expect. If you are an Xbox 360 owners will be using Windows 8 you have a lot of great stuff in store for you and I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of them.  Xbox is being delivered as the premium entertainment experience on Windows 8, with four Windows 8-style apps launching today: Xbox Games, Xbox Video, Xbox Music and Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox Games, Xbox Video and Xbox Music are preinstalled and the default experiences on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass is available now as a free download in the Windows Store.

These apps will be available today on Windows 8 tablets and PCs and will become available on Windows Phone 8 when it ships.

Xbox SmartGlass
The power of companion scenarios come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, a new free Xbox app which enables your PC, tablet and phone to connect to your Xbox console in an intelligent way. Use your tablet to launch and navigate a movie on your TV and get rich details on the cast, crew and storyline. Pull the movie back to your tablet to finish watching it on the go. Use your phone or tablet as another great remote, and easily navigate your entertainment and menus by simple flicks, gestures and pinch and zoom.


Xbox Music
Xbox Music is the ultimate all-in-one music service, and features free streaming music on Windows 8* and Windows RT devices, as well as the ability to buy songs and albums**, an Xbox Music Pass**, artist-based radio via Smart DJ, plus comprehensive discovery from one of the world’s largest music catalogs. It’s a brand-new service, built from the ground up to meet all your music needs across your tablet, PC, phone and TV. Xbox Music is one of three pre-installed Xbox apps in Windows 8.

Xbox Video
With Xbox Video, you can browse and search the latest blockbuster movies and last night’s episode of your favorite TV shows, with more than 150,000 movies and TV shows available globally. You can buy a TV episode and rent or buy the movie of your choice. In addition to having access to the latest movies and TV shows, you can also see your videos in your local collection and play them back in a touch-optimized playback experience on your Windows 8 PC or tablet.

Xbox Games
 Back in August, I posted the list of the first wave of games coming in Windows 8. With Xbox on Windows 8, we created easy entry points into the types of entertainment that you’ll enjoy, including games. The Games app prominently features your Avatar, profile, friends and Gamerscore and allows you to explore your friends’ avatars, compare gamer stats and browse any of the top panels including Spotlight, Games Activity, Windows Games and Xbox Game Marketplace. Through these panels, learn about new games for your Windows 8 PC or tablet, or purchase digital Xbox 360 games and queue them to download on the console. The Games Activity Panel includes all of the games you own, with Xbox LIVE titles played on the console, phone and Windows to help you easily find games with Achievements, leaderboards and a connection to your friends on the Xbox LIVE service.

More from the Xbox Chief Marketing Officer

Update: Xbox SmartGlass for Android is now available


*On Oct. 26, Xbox Music offers free streaming music on Windows 8 and Windows RT in: France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

**On Oct. 26, Xbox Music Pass and Xbox Music Store are available in: France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Finland, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S.

October 26th 2012 at 8:12 am | Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 86 comments

October 19th 2012, 5:18 am PT

Surface RT now available for Pre-Order

The Microsoft Store now has Surface with Windows RT available for Pre-Order. There are 32 and 64 GB versions available with and without Type and Touch Covers.

October 19th 2012 at 5:18 am | Windows | 32 comments

August 31st 2012, 6:00 am PT

First wave of Xbox LIVE games that will be coming to Windows 8

Earlier this year we announced that Xbox is coming to Windows 8. Now, in addition to its industry-leading gaming service, Xbox is pleased to announce support from Microsoft Studios, Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios, and others to bring high quality Xbox games to Windows 8.

Wave one of our portfolio will bring you many of the games you already know and love; and will include 29 titles from Microsoft Studios, some of which will be exclusive to Windows 8.

Many games will be available starting October 26th with ongoing new releases coming through holiday and beyond. This growing portfolio spans genres and delivers an innovative mix of fun-to-play titles that will be playable on any Windows 8 PC, laptop, or tablet.

Xbox games will be easy to find in the preinstalled Windows 8 Xbox Games app and available in the Windows  8 Store. In addition, all Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements, and many will also take advantage of other Xbox features, including leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends, and more. Have a look at wave one of our portfolio:

1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
2. A World of Keflings
3. Adera: Episode 1
4. Adera: Episode 2
5. Adera: Episode 3
6. Angry Birds
7. Angry Birds Space
8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
10. Collateral Damage
11. Crash Course GO
12. Cut the Rope
13. Disney Fairies
14. Dragon’s Lair
15. Field & Stream Fishing
16. Fruit Ninja
17. Gravity Guy
18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
20. IloMilo
21. iStunt 2
22. Jetpack Joyride
23. Kinectimals Unleashed
24. Microsoft Mahjong
25. Microsoft Minesweeper
26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
27. Monster Island
28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
29. Pinball FX 2
30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
31. Rocket Riot 3D
32. Shark Dash
33. Shuffle Party
34. Skulls of the Shogun
35. Taptiles
36. Team Crossword
37. The Harvest HD
38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
39. Wordament
40. Zombies!!!

More details on the first party games is over on the PlayXBLA site

And be sure to stop by the Xbox booth at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend as Microsoft Studios will be giving attendees a sneak peek at some of the Windows 8 titles announced today.

August 31st 2012 at 6:00 am | Windows, Xbox Live | 87 comments

June 4th 2012, 11:00 am PT

Xbox Makes Entertainment More Amazing on Phone, PC, Tablet and TV

Below is a copy of the press release we just issued.


Xbox SmartGlass will deliver new ways to enjoy entertainment in the home and on the go.

LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — What if your tablet or phone knew what you were watching on TV and presented bonus features without you having to lift a finger? What if you could use your tablet to draw up a play in EA SPORTS’ “Madden NFL” and then perform it to perfection on your TV? What if you could control your favorite websites on the TV with a simple swipe, pinch or zoom on your tablet’s touchscreen?

To kick-start the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. today unveiled a bold new vision for enjoying entertainment at home and on the go with Xbox SmartGlass. Launching this year, Xbox SmartGlass is an application for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other portable devices that connects phones, PCs and tablets with your Xbox 360 console to make your entertainment smarter, more interactive and more fun.1 The intelligence of Xbox SmartGlass makes your entertainment more engaging, Web surfing more effortless, and playing games more immersive by delivering companion content and control to enhance your TV experience.

“Xbox is on a mission to make the entertainment that you love even more amazing,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox.”

Two years after the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft unveiled the next step in its journey to make Xbox synonymous with entertainment by unveiling Xbox SmartGlass, Internet Explorer for Xbox, and new TV, movie and music offerings.

The Web Transformed for TV

Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer for Xbox this fall in all countries where Xbox and Xbox LIVE are available. Through the power of Xbox, the magic of Kinect and the intelligence of Xbox SmartGlass, you will be able to surf the Internet using your voice on your Xbox 360 and navigate using your mobile devices for an incredibly easy Web browsing experience on the television.2 Whether it is a new website you want to check out on the big screen, an HD video you want to share in your living room, or your favorite website you check daily and want to view in the 10-foot experience, you will have the power of the Web now on your TV.

Entertainment Keeps Getting Better on Xbox

Last year, Xbox added voice search powered by Bing and the power of Kinect, making it easier to find the entertainment you want. This year, voice search is expanding to 12 additional countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland.

Adding to the current catalog of customized sports, TV, movies and music apps from world-leading TV and entertainment providers, this year Xbox will continue to deliver all the content you care about in unique ways.

· Your home for sports. Microsoft announced more must-have sports experiences and content coming to Xbox this year, further establishing it as the home for sports fans everywhere.

o NBA Game Time with League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players.

o NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time.

o ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN U. All the favorites, including “SportsCenter,” “SportsNation,” “The Mike and Mike Show,” as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, MLB and the NBA, will be live on Xbox.

Xbox also announced regional sports provider SPORT1 coming later this year to Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

· More TV and entertainment. Today, Microsoft announced more than 35 new content partners launching on Xbox over the next 12 months, including:

  • Absolute Radio –U.K.
  • Ameba TV – Canada, U.S.
  • BreakMedia – Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, U.K., U.S.
  • Comedy Central Stand Up – U.S.
  • Comoyo – Denmark, Norway, Sweden
  • Corus Entertainment’s Franklin the Turtle – Canada
  • GameSpot TV – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Headweb – Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • Indie Flix – U.S.
  • Machinima – All Xbox LIVE markets
  • Napster – Germany, U.K.
  • Nickelodeon – U.S.
  • Paramount Movies – U.S.
  • Picturebox – U.K.
  • Quickflix – Australia, New Zealand
  • Rakuten ShowTime – Japan
  • Revision3 – Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Rhapsody – U.S.
  • RTL XL – Netherlands
  • Slacker Radio – Canada, U.S.
  • SnagFilms – U.S.
  • Terra (Sunday TV) – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico
  • The AOL On Network – Australia, Canada, Netherlands, U.K., U.S.
  • The Weather Channel – U.S.
  • The Whistle – U.S.
  • TOU.TV – Canada
  • TV3 – Spain
  • Twitch TV – U.S.
  • Univision – U.S.
  • Wuaki – Spain
  • Youzee – Spain

Xbox Music revealed. Microsoft showed a sneak peek of Xbox Music, an all-new music service coming to Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8-based devices.

Xbox on Windows 8
This year Xbox will bring premium entertainment experiences to more than 180 new countries around the world when Xbox on Windows 8 launches, featuring four Metro-style apps: Video, Music, Games and Xbox SmartGlass. 3

With Xbox on Windows 8, you can play games with friends and earn achievements, listen to music, and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies wherever you go.4 And with Xbox SmartGlass, you can start a movie or TV show on your Windows 8 device and finish it on the big-screen TV.

1 Xbox SmartGlass is available with select games and Xbox LIVE content and requires Internet connectivity and compatible devices. Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately) is also required for some Xbox SmartGlass-enabled content and features. Available Xbox SmartGlass features may vary by device. See

2 Internet Explorer on Xbox requires Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately).

3 Available content and features vary across regions.

4 Available content and features vary across devices. Games and media content sold separately.

June 4th 2012 at 11:00 am | Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 56 comments

February 29th 2012, 8:30 am PT

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Xbox LIVE

If you haven’t seen the news, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available starting today. We’re excited that Xbox LIVE is part of this preview, and I wanted to share some details about what you can expect.

Xbox Live in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes games, video, music and Xbox companion applications.  In the preview, these apps are just a taste of the features that we’ll be delivering at launch.   We will share more information later this year as we get closer to launch.

Check out the preview if you can and let us know what you think. While you are downloading it, I’ve posted some screenshots of what Xbox LIVE looks like in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Stay tuned for more details.

Update: Here is a good FAQ about Xbox LIVE and the Preview

February 29th 2012 at 8:30 am | Windows, Xbox Live | 93 comments

September 13th 2011, 1:41 pm PT

Xbox LIVE and Windows 8

We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows. We are very excited about Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8.  Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices.  Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy.  At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE.  We have much more detail to share about the capabilities of Xbox LIVE on Windows and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future.

If you want to learn more about Windows 8, you can watch the Keynote from earlier today.

Update: Here is a screenshot that shows Xbox LIVE on Windows 8

September 13th 2011 at 1:41 pm | Windows, Xbox Live | 192 comments