Microsoft, Apple announce the first ever ‘live’ streaming audio service
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Microsoft was developing a new way to stream audio from your Xbox to a connected speakers like Apple’s Apple TV.
Now, it looks like the Windows 10 update for Microsoft’s Cortana has finally got the capability to stream a full-fledged audio stream directly from your Microsoft Xbox.
This is something we haven’t seen before, as Cortana has a pretty basic streaming audio feature that works with audio from the built-in speakers on your Xbox.
If you’re a fan of the Xbox’s built-up audio capabilities, it’s something that should be a welcome addition to any gamer who enjoys listening to their games in-game.
The feature also lets you stream a playlist of songs directly from Cortana on your PC.
You’ll still need to connect your Xbox’s speaker to your PC first, however, so this isn’t something you can simply set up and forget about.
Now that Cortana has that streaming audio capability, it could be something that you could potentially use for a lot of purposes.
For instance, you could use it to stream podcasts or other podcasts directly from the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC, or even stream podcasts from the web on your smartphone or tablet.
If this sounds like something that needs some serious work, Microsoft could add support for this feature in the future.
Microsoft also announced a new feature for the Cortana speaker that lets you control playback of your music through the Windows Mixed Reality headset.
This might be a big deal for some people, since it means you can stream audio directly from any Xbox One headset to your HoloLens or other VR headset.
Of course, this is just a preview of Cortana’s new streaming audio capabilities.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is rolling out to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile devices today, so there’s still time to get your hands on it before Microsoft’s full suite of streaming audio features roll out to all Xbox One owners.