By Vamien McKalin | Jun 18, 2013 03:44 PM EDT
Windows 8 is not in a position where Microsoft would deem as successful, despite selling 100 million licenses. To fix this problem, the software giant plans to release an update dubbed as Windows 8.1 (or Windows Blue), and not only will it bring new features to the table, it will also make way for more powerful Microsoft apps.
A leaked build of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system highlighted images of a completely redesigned Xbox Music app, one that seems to be more intuitive compared to the current version. Furthermore, it appears Microsoft is also getting itself involved in the streaming radio market, as there is a section in the Xbox Music app that allows the use to listen to online radio. It is not certain if this new radio feature will in any way be similar to Apple's iTunes Radio, but if it is, things could get really interesting, going forward.
In addition, the screenshot shows what appears to be a panel interface that looks to allow easier discovery of music and other content within the app, along with the ability to quickly access a collection of songs. Microsoft explained to The Verge that with the new Xbox Music app, users can now playback songs in two clicks instead of six. This is a well needed improvement, as the current set up requires too much activity from the user to get things going.
Another look at the app showcases a search box for improved search, Play To support for songs outside of Xbox Music, and support for files on SD cards.
While Microsoft is busy working on the Xbox Music redesign, the company is also working on bringing some new apps to the platform. These apps includes Calculator, Sound Recorder, Scan, Reading List, Movie Moments, and Help & Tips. Furthermore, the Windows 8 store is also up for seeing some changes, nothing major, but definitely something users will notice.
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