Xbox Music, Games, and SmartGlass updated for Windows 8

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted October 22, 2012 26 comments

More updates in the mix for Windows 8 tonight, as perhaps the top three of the “built – in” apps for Windows 8 have all received updates: Xbox Music, Games, and SmartGlass:

music games smartglass apps

Microsoft is making big bets on both a newly revised music subscription service, introduced in detail last week, and the continued evolution of Xbox as not only a premiere gaming system, but as Microsoft’s ticket to the living room.  The success of this Xbox as entertainment controller, and Xbox Music will play a vital role in the future success of Windows 8, and Windows 8 indeed may play a vital role, too, in the success of Xbox Music and the continued future success of Xbox.

If you’re on Windows 8, you can download and install the apps from the Windows Store, or they should be ready for you on your new Surface or Windows 8 install beginning on October 26th.

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 7:47 pm
  • Andy D

    Well, the streaming music part seems to be turned on. I just updated and hit smart DJ and it steams full songs that aren’t on my PC.

  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    Well, the streaming music part seems to be turned on. I just updated and hit smart DJ and it steams full songs that aren’t on my PC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iain.simpson.127 Iain Simpson

    seems to be the new update only supports ARM, says my laptop does not meet system requirements.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      I ran the updates on this desktop machine with no problems, maybe there’s some other requirement you’re running into?

    • Andy D

      Same with me. I ran it on my desktop under Server 2012.

      Edit: same as Kip, not Iain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iain.simpson.127 Iain Simpson

    seems to be the new update only supports ARM, says my laptop does not meet system requirements.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      I ran the updates on this desktop machine with no problems, maybe there’s some other requirement you’re running into?

    • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

      Same with me. I ran it on my desktop under Server 2012.

      Edit: same as Kip, not Iain.

  • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

    None of the above updates are showing on my Windows Preview Edition 8400 build.

    • http://blog.levifreeman.com Levi Freeman

      exactly you have a windows preview. may not show on that. is that similar or after release preview. I am curious.

      • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

        Release Preview I am pretty sure is the same as RC (Release Candidate) that’s pushed before actual final release.
        Also of note, I do not have an Xbox yet, not sure if that’s required as some of the details regarding functionality are a bit vague.

    • henryed07

      You will not get the updates, unless you are running the RTM version.

      • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

        that’s not what Andy D or Kip have implied, both being desktops, one running Server 2012.

        • Andy D

          My copy of Server 2012 I’m using is RTM, not RP/RC. I’m guessing Kip’s copy of Win8 is also RTM.

          • Spencer

            well that would explain the update absence. I plan on purchasing a Surface RT shortly and putting this Dell laptop up for sale. Really excited about all the pending releases, hard to believe coming from an ex Apple employee/fanboy since 98′. Thanks for the clarification.

          • Andy D

            Yep. The only noticeable things missing in relation to Win8 are homegroups and one other thing that I forget but I wouldn’t use. Seeing as I got my copy of Server 2012 from WebSpark for free, I’ll use this over Win8 any day. Especially since I can use it as a fresh install as opposed to an upgrade.

  • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

    None of the above updates are showing on my Windows Preview Edition 8400 build.

    • http://blog.levifreeman.com Levi Freeman

      exactly you have a windows preview. may not show on that. is that similar or after release preview. I am curious.

      • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

        Release Preview I am pretty sure is the same as RC (Release Candidate) that’s pushed before actual final release.
        Also of note, I do not have an Xbox yet, not sure if that’s required as some of the details regarding functionality are a bit vague.

    • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

      You will not get the updates, unless you are running the RTM version.

      • http://twitter.com/mckaymotoworks Spencer

        that’s not what Andy D or Kip have implied, both being desktops, one running Server 2012.

        • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

          My copy of Server 2012 I’m using is RTM, not RP/RC. I’m guessing Kip’s copy of Win8 is also RTM.

          • Spencer

            well that would explain the update absence. I plan on purchasing a Surface RT shortly and putting this Dell laptop up for sale. Really excited about all the pending releases, hard to believe coming from an ex Apple employee/fanboy since 98′. Thanks for the clarification.

          • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

            Yep. The only noticeable things missing in relation to Win8 are homegroups and one other thing that I forget but I wouldn’t use. Seeing as I got my copy of Server 2012 from WebSpark for free, I’ll use this over Win8 any day. Especially since I can use it as a fresh install as opposed to an upgrade.

  • Andy D

    Off topic for this, I know, but I just got the update for Xbox Live Extras on my WP7 which after updating now is “Xbox Extras.”
    I’d have posted this on the old post, but commenting was closed on it.

  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    Off topic for this, I know, but I just got the update for Xbox Live Extras on my WP7 which after updating now is “Xbox Extras.”
    I’d have posted this on the old post, but commenting was closed on it.