Microsoft has announced it will soon overhaul its Xbox Live Messaging service on the Windows 10 app. The announcement comes just a week after the company rolled out Xbox One 1905 Update. Microsoft has informed users through the Windows 10 Xbox app that the message experience on console will be improved.
In its message, Microsoft says Xbox Live Messaging will get the Message Request feature to console and the Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10. The Xbox app on Windows 10 will also be receiving support for GIF format.
Microsoft has also issued a warning, telling Windows 10 Xbox application users that the service will lose its group messaging feature. The company says it is working on another desktop group messaging tool that will arrive soon.
Changes to the app will go live on April 23 (Thursday).
“We will be upgrading our messaging services to introduce improved chat features (secondary inbox for non-friends, GIFs, and more). Sadly, your old group messages will be lost during the upgrade, so copy any old chats that you want to keep on Xbox.com.
After the transition, we will be removing group messaging from this app to focus on console settings and simplify our apps. But rest assured a desktop solution for group messaging is coming soon so be sure to update Windows to get the newest Xbox apps and experiences when they become available.
In the meantime, please use the Xbox app on iOS/Android for the upgraded group messages experience. The upgraded group messages will be available on your Xbox console on 23 May.
Thanks for understanding. We continue to look to you and your feedback to help us build the best Xbox apps so please let us know how we're doing as we transition!”
It will be interesting to see how the changes look on the increasingly impressive Game Bar. Microsoft will be heading to E3 early next month where it is expected to announce the first previews of Project xCloud.