Microsoft announces the first wave of features for this summer's Xbox One updates

Announced via Xbox Wire, the first update will bring promised features such as Cortana, improvements to the games and apps list, enhancements to sharing clips and screenshots and much more.

"Last November, we transformed Xbox One to make it faster and more social with the New Xbox One Experience, and since then we've been delivering regular fan-requested features and updates. Expected this week, we're releasing into Preview a summer update that will start to rollout to our Xbox Preview audience for Xbox One, and in the coming weeks, we'll release it to the Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10. New features will roll out to the preview audience in waves, not all at once. We're really excited about this update as it lays the foundation to bring together more people and more games across devices through Xbox Live.""Starting this summer, Xbox One and the Xbox app will receive the first of two updates that will help you stay connected with friends on Xbox Live and enjoy even more games across your favorite devices. Cortana will come to Xbox One; the Xbox and Windows Stores will start to become unified; we will begin to introduce your top PC games with Game Hubs to Xbox Live, and more. These updates are crucial to giving our fans around the world a great gaming experience wherever and whatever they play."

Invites to the preview program will be heading out to members in waves via Xbox Live message. Eventually, all preview program members will be invited, but access is being sent out to members who submitted the most surveys and feedback in the previous update preview. If you have received an invite, head to your apps, then select Xbox Preview Dashboard, go to Registration, and enroll yourself under "Preview - Latest Xbox One Experience."

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