Now that everyone is talking about streaming music with the recent hubbub about Apple Music, the Redmond based software giant Microsoft is making some changes to Xbox media for Windows 10. Xbox Music will now be called Groove, and Xbox Video will change to just “Movies and TV”.
In its blog post, Microsoft says the change of name is to make “the content in the app more identifiable for our broad customer base”. The change will come to Windows 10 computers first, before other devices in the following months.
Get in your Groove, Microsoft
Groove has an updated user interface, that is apparently aimed at managing your music better and an improved listening experience. That means new menus and navigation controls, that are easy to use either with a keyboard and mouse or via touchscreen.
You can drag and drop your files onto playlists and hover on the task bar icon to access various playback controls. Right clicking brings up a menu that lets you pin an album to your start menu.
Groove also thankfully is integrated with OneDrive, which makes your music available on all your devices, and costs $9.99 a month or $99 for a year. Current Xbox Music Pass subscribers will be automatically moved to Groove, and iOS and Android versions will be available soon.
The Movies and TV section is similar to Groove but more focused on visual content. You can also import your personal videos, and there are more file types supported as well in the new software.
Movies and TV also has integration with the Windows Store, which lets you buy or rent movies and TV shows. Microsoft also says that you will be able watch some TV shows the day after they air, as well as receive personalised recommendations…