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Microsoft announces changes to Xbox Video

After some uncertainty over the future of its Xbox Music offering, Microsoft today announced changes to the service, including a new name: Groove Music. But alongside those changes, it also announced some improvements on the way to Movies & TV, formerly known as Xbox Video.

The Xbox brand appears to have been restored to its earlier focus on representing Microsoft's gaming properties, now that both its music and video apps have ditched the Xbox moniker. But along with its revised name - which first appeared in recent builds of the Windows 10 Insider Preview - Microsoft has also detailed some additional enhancements on the way:

Enjoying Videos in Windows 10: You will find the Movies & TV app in Windows 10 better than ever for playing all your personal videos, as well as all the movies and TV shows you love. Import your personal video collection, and play back your content in a fast and elegantly designed app that is optimized for both mouse/keyboard as well as touch. Drag and drop videos between your collections, use right clicks and hot keys for contextual menus, or go full-screen with easy to use playback controls. We’ve also added additional file format support like .MKV too.

The Windows Store: Movies & TV has direct integration with the Windows Store, where you can buy or rent from all the latest movies and TV shows in HD, as well as thousands of other favorites. Weekly new releases, access to TV shows a day after air, deals and discounts, and personalized recommendations just for you. And on Windows 10 devices, Xbox and the web, the Movies & TV app lets you start watching purchased or rented content on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

As with the changes coming with the rollout of Groove Music, the changes to Movies & TV will be available first for Windows Insiders, with updates being delivered via Store Beta in Windows 10. Those not on the Insider program will get their first glimpse of the updated video experience when the OS launches on July 29.

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