Microsoft Isn't Killing Xbox Music; Update Coming
If you took Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comment this week that the company would "streamline our investments in music and video" to signal the imminent demise of Xbox Music, well, relax.
Nadella made the one-off comment during a Tuesday earnings call to report its fourth quarter fiscal performance and to outline the company's direction for 2015. The use of "streamline" to describe its strategy for music was interpreted by some as "bad news" for fans of the Spotify competitor.
But a day after Nadella made his comment, Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone, took to Twitter to clarify the company's goals. Belfiore made it clear Xbox Music was not on the chopping block and that it's actually due for an official update.
Don’t worry, no plan to drop Xbox Music/Video-- my team builds these key scenarios for tablets, phones, PCs! And Xbox team does on console.— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) July 23, 2014
In fact, we have one of our bigger/stronger Xbox Music updates just a couple weeks away…you're gonna like it. Perf, fixes and some features!— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) July 23, 2014
Xbox Music launched in 2012 in the ashes of Microsoft's Zune mobile streaming service. It recently became the latest platform to open its API to third-party app developers.