The Windows 8.1 preview released on 26th June, 2013 features a complete new look for the Windows Store, making it easier for users to browse and download new apps. One of the biggest updates to the Windows App Store has been in relation to the apps and their usability. In Windows 8.1, the team announced a major redesign of the Xbox Music app, so we decided to take a look at changes if any, that can be expected with the Xbox Video app. Sadly, there’s no major overhaul in design, but there are some subtle changes that should improve the Xbox Video app user experience. Here’s what we know of the improvements to the Xbox Video App in Windows 8.1.
Xbox Video App in Windows 8.1
The biggest improvement in the Xbox video app relates to search. Though you can search content in Xbox Video using the Search charm, the Search button within the app works a bit differently. You can start typing right away or tap the Search button to input your query. Automatic suggestions will start displaying on the page as you type out your query. Auto suggestions are nothing new, but its great to see it included in the app as it will definitely make searching stuff quicker and easier.
Bing now powers the interface to discover and fetch data from the local PC and the web. With this improved and new Windows Search, one can access everything from the local drive to the web by power of Bing and thus can find the content very easily within the Xbox Video app.
Multitasking is one of the many benefits of using Windows, and Windows 8.1 doesn’t disappoint. Now you can download videos, while still using other apps on Windows 8.1.
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Portrait and Snap Modes
New snap sizes and portrait mode will be making their debut in Windows 8.1. That means you can now watch videos in portrait mode while running another app side by side.
SD Card Support
Just like any other Windows 8 metro app, the Xbox Video app lets you work with content stored on an SD or micro SD card. You can now configure this in the PC settings too. So now, you can save your favorite movies and TV shows to an SD memory card and can use the Play to option for streaming content.
As you can see, the updates to the Xbox Video app isn’t too exciting. However, the good news is that when Windows 8.1 launches at the end of the year, there will be some significant updates to the Xbox Video app. Until then, take heart from the fact that the current changes will improve the way you use your PC to watch or download videos.
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