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This article was published on March 31, 2015

Microsoft releases new Music and Video apps for Windows 10 without the Xbox branding

Microsoft releases new Music and Video apps for Windows 10 without the Xbox branding
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Windows 10 users got new bits to try yesterday in a build that included company’s new Spartan Web browser. Today Microsoft has delivered two new apps for testing.

You can now download the Windows 10 Music and Video apps in preview form for your machine. Both apps have dropped the Xbox branding, but Music still taps into the Xbox Music Pass, which may indicate a branding change is coming in future.

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With the Music app you can stream music, play local songs and make playlists. Additional features is forthcoming, such as a dark theme and compact mode.

The video app does what it says on the tin; it can play videos from a local source or can stream anything that’s been purchased from a Xbox Video device. In the future, you’ll be able to stream movies and TV shows in the new store as well as watching them offline.

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There are a bunch of known issues with these apps, so use them with caution if you decide to install. That said, it’s great that Microsoft is offering an early look at what’s to come.

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