Xbox messages to get GIF support, Windows 10 Xbox app being phased out?
According to a message on the Windows 10 Xbox app, Xbox messages are set to get GIF support in the near future, as the Windows 10 app seems to be on the ropes.
Browsing the Xbox app on Windows 10, I received a message pop-up detailing the future of Xbox messaging, and ultimately, the fate of the Windows 10 Xbox app.
Microsoft appears to be gearing up to phase out the sluggish Windows 10 Xbox app, which hasn't received any meaningful updates for a very long time. The all-new Windows 10 Game Bar already incorporates the most critical Xbox app features on desktop PCs, in an interface that is far faster, more attractive, and frankly, better in almost every way.
It comes as no surprise then that Microsoft says that after May 23rd, the Xbox app on Windows 10 PCs will no longer support group messaging systems, as Microsoft transitions its Xbox messaging mechanics to a new and improved platform, which will also include GIF support "and more."
Microsoft notes that the upgraded experiences will arrive on the Android and iOS app. Given the pace of updates on the Windows 10 Game Bar beta, the new features shouldn't be far behind either.
The Xbox app on Windows 10, as slow as it is, served as a pretty decent bridge between desktop and Xbox for a few years, allowing you to access your cloud Xbox clips, manage your activity feed, and even stream your Xbox games to a PC on a local WiFi network.
While Microsoft doesn't say outright that the Windows 10 Xbox app is being phased out, the fact it isn't getting the new chat features probably paints the writing on the wall. The new Windows 10 Game Bar, accessible via Windows Key + G, looks as though it'll be where Microsoft places its Xbox efforts on desktop moving forward. And that's a good thing, providing it gets matching features, that is.
You can test the new Windows 10 Game Bar by joining the Gaming Flight Ring via the Xbox Insider app on your PC, hit the link below for info on how to go about it.
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From the message, though, it seems they're more doing the first option than the second. Fingers crossed.
These are two disparate User Journeys, for which appropriate solutions should be available. Certainly the new Game Bar serves the purpose for gaming on the PC whilst being in the Xbox ecosystem, however the independent console control/streaming Screen/remote functionality does not appear to logically reside within that Use Case... Of course the assumption I am making, being that there are two clear usage requirements based on a sample size of 1, of which Microsoft would be able to validate with data to show the usage and extract the different use cases (if any) of the customer base i.e. Determine the solution/s required to meet each use case. *proceeds to cross fingers the above is in play*
Lets hope I don't have to wait forever for unnecessary transitions just to open up a chat or Club list next time. That might be "acceptable" with the console userbase, but didn't transfer over very well.
I appreciate their initial efforts in improving it though. It is better than when it launched.
Which as long as I still get notifications that'll be cool
It's useful to be able to see your social feed, achievements, game store, etc without having to load a game up.