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Windows 10 coming to Xbox One testers next month

Xbox One will get Windows 10 in November
Xbox One Gamescom 2015 event
While testers will get the new Windows release in September, the public release for Xbox One is scheduled for November.

Windows 10 rolls out to computers across the entire globe, and the number of devices running Microsoft's new operating system is moving towards the 100 million barrier. The growth rate will surely increase once Windows 10 hits smartphones and game consoles, but that will only happen later this fall.

Xbox One users will get a preview build next month, but that Windows 10 build will only be available to testers. Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering at Xbox, unveiled this information yesterday on Twitter. The official release is expected to roll out two months later, some day in November. In the meantime, the company will focus on improving the current Xbox One dashboard.

Right now, the Xbox One dashboard is slow when switching between various tasks, and this is probably the first issue that the Redmond giant needs to iron out. The app will also receive a set of new features, the most important being Cortana support for Xbox One features, such as recording and sharing gaming sessions.

Before Windows 10 for Xbox One arrives, owners of Lumia handsets should start to receive the update as well. Unfortunately, Microsoft only revealed the list of handsets that will be upgraded first but did not mention a date yet.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-08- 5 (Update: 2015-08- 5)