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Windows 8/RT App Updates: Xbox Games, SmartGlass & Video

Windows 8/RT App Updates: Xbox Games, SmartGlass & Video

The other Xbox apps for Windows 8 and RT have been updated as well

We shouldn’t be surprised that Microsoft didn’t just update the Xbox Music app this week: It has also issued updates to Xbox Games, SmartGlass, and Video too. While certainly welcome, these appear to be minor updates, however.

Xbox Games

The Xbox Games app has gotten a nice visual refresh, but the big change, I think, is that the Xbox Games section has been removed: I suspect this was confusing to users.

There’s also a new pop-up UI for showing a game’s screenshots.

And you can now send Xbox messages to your friends from the Games app.

Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft’s “second screen” app has been updated with support for Internet Explorer on Xbox 360—so you can use your tablet for navigation while viewing the web on your HDTV—a new capabilities related to SmartGlass exclusive bonus materials for movies.

Xbox Video

Nothing major here: Just performance improvements. (To be fair, this one was already pretty solid.)

Notice any other improvements? Let me know!

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