PSA: Xbox Live is Coming to Windows 10, Starting July 29th

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This is a slightly modified article from majornelson.com.
Additional information is italicized.

We’re just days away from the launch of Windows 10 and we couldn’t be more excited to share that starting today, game streaming is being enabled for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC or tablet! Also, as part of our effort to bring Xbox Live and some of the most popular Xbox experiences to Windows 10, we’re rolling out new and improved features on the Xbox App on Windows 10 over the next few days that will give you better access to your gaming world across devices.

This is Not Games For Windows Live
Please remain calm. All the Xbox features included in Games for Windows Live are free and optional! A Gamertag is not required to access several of the system level gaming features that Windows 10 provides.

Gamertags and Game DVR

-Game DVR -A very exciting feature included in Windows 10 is the ability to take screenshots and capture video from whatever game you’re playing. By pressing Winkey+G you will have the option to take a screenshot, save the last thirty seconds of gameplay to a clip, or begin recording your own clip manually. You can then edit and share your clips on Xbox Live directly, or on YouTube.

-Gamertags -the Xbox equivalent of a Steam ID. Unlike a Steam ID, your Gamertag is pretty much permanent. Changing a Gamertag costs $8.00, so choose wisely. Your Gamertag is also tethered to the Microsoft/Hotmail/Outlook account you use with Windows 10. Once you have a Gamertag, you have access to many different features, for personalization you have gamerpics, a preset selection of images, of which you choose one to associate with your Gamertag; you can change it at any time. The second layer of personalization is your avatar. Think of them as more complex Miis. You can edit everything about them to your liking, there is also a store where you can buy different accessories and clothing, some normal, most based on different games and movies. I’m not sure if the store will be immediately available on PC.
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Xbox App on Windows 10
We’re ramping up more gaming and social features on the Xbox App on Window 10, too, giving you more and better ways to access your gaming world and connect with your friends and the Xbox Live community. New features available in the July release of the Xbox app include:

-Party Chat –Above the Friends list is a new option labeled Start a party (beta). This enables you to start a party chat or game chat with your Xbox friends across Xbox One and Xbox on Windows 10. Press ‘+’ to invite friends, and simply click on your friends to invite them to an online party.
Xbox Live Party Chat has two privacy settings: Open, and Invite Only. If someone in your party is being disruptive, the party leader can remove them.

-My Games –The app will support automated discovery of Windows Store games and a large number of older non-Windows store PC games so they get added automatically to your game collection within the Xbox app upon first launch. If a game is not automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection by selecting My games > Add a game from your PC. The Xbox team will continue to add non-Windows store games to a service-side list, so that automated discovery will improve over time.

-Home -We updated Home to enable easy access to Game streaming and allow quick launch of a game from the Recently played Also, there is an updated Featured games section on the home screen below your recently played list, which lets you discover and install new and popular games available from the Windows store.

-Profile –You can choose to use your Avatar or gamerpic to be displayed to your Friends. Additionally, you can easily customize your Avatar, change your gamertag, gamerpic, and user color, and update your name sharing settings in one place under Customize.

-Share with your friends – Coming in the July release, you can upload your local game clips and screenshots for Windows store games to your shared collection on Xbox Live. Go to Game DVR > On this PC > Share to upload your local clips and screenshots and have them appear on your Activity Feed. You can capture game clips and screenshots for non-Windows Store games and access them via Game DVR > On this PC > Open folder.

-Xbox Avatars –We are updating the Avatars app, so you can use the “Take a photo” feature and save a specific Avatar photo as your gamerpic. There are several ideas on Xbox Feedback that inspired this change, but this idea with over 2,100 votes and the various comments from fans drove the team to deliver this as a new feature this month. Time to head to the Avatar photo booth, select a post or a frame of animation, select a background, and select Picture size > gamepic. Then click the camera icon, and select Save as gamerpic to make your new pic visible across Xbox on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.

-Day One Experience –For PC owners that are new to the Xbox ecosystem, we are adding a feature to the Xbox app to help you create a new account, get a gamertag, and then land in a basic user experience that helps you get started finding games, earning achievements and using your activity feed.

The general availability of Windows 10 is Wednesday, July 29, starting with Windows Insider Program users and expanding from there. When Windows 10 comes out, please check out xboxfeedback.com and suggest or vote for any changes you'd like to see added to the app.
The Xbox Branch welcomes your to our neck of the woods, please check out our roster come hang with us in party chat!

Please ask any questions you have down below, I'll answer them as best I can.
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1. I heard all updates in Windows 10 Home will be forced upon me?
There's an app for that.
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If anyone is worried about updating to windows 10 allow me to dismiss some of the common fears with upgrading your operating system.

1. If you have windows 8 or windows 7 then you can update directly from windows update. The update process is fairly painless and all of your programs/applications should be compatible. The only things I have heard of not running or being very difficult to get working are fallout 3 and oblivion but those are difficult to get working even on windows 7 for a variety of reasons. Windows 10 has been being tested for quite some time now by millions of people, many of whom are very knowledgeable and using the technical preview of the operating system specifically to test whether or not programs and applications work.

2. Windows 10 is better than windows 7 in every way. Much like windows 8 was better but people rejected it due to not having a start menu and not liking the metro interface. It boot sup faster, uses less system resources, and unlike windows 8 has plenty of options for how you want to set things up be default. (And if you don't like a certain feature that is built in you can likely download something to change it, like everyone using windows 8 has been doing for years).

3. Metro apps are no longer required to be full screen and therefore are not terrible.

4. The majority of features are optional and can be turned off.

5. You have a year to upgrade from windows 7 or 8/8.1. If you are worried about things you can just wait, let everyone else figure everything out for you and then decide.

That being said I can't talk about windows 10 without making one thing very clear:

If you are using the home edition of 7 or 8 and upgrade to window 10 you will get the home edition. This means that all windows updates will be forced upon you. This includes driver updates, windows application updates, interface updates, ect. You do not get an option to delay the updates or wait to install them. The only thing you can do is have it schedule the update which basically means that windows will decide when it is appropriate to restart you computer and then update everything. They are basically doing this to use the home environment as an update testing ground for the other editions of windows. Updates are not forced in Windows 10 Pro and higher. There are ways around this but they are very involved and technical.

Another thing to note is that downgrading may be somewhat painful. If you think there is any chance you might want to downgrade you are better off waiting to see how things go before upgrading.

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