Music and Video Preview Apps for PCs are Headed to the Store for Windows Insiders

As we mentioned on January 21st, we’re bringing new universal applications that will ship with Windows 10 including new Music and Video apps. Today, we are pleased to be releasing early preview versions of these new apps for Windows 10 PCs. Windows Insiders can download the Music Preview and Video Preview apps directly from the Store Beta (grey tile) in the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Get them here:

Download the Music Preview app (PC)
Download the Video Preview app (PC)

We still have a lot of work to do to get these preview apps to a place where they can replace the existing Music and Video apps on the PC – we just couldn’t wait any longer to get them onto your PCs and get your feedback. Enjoy!

Music Preview in Windows 10

Music Preview App

Features to try:

  • Browse and play your music collection: MP3s on your device, songs you’ve put in OneDrive, or music you’ve added to your collection with an Xbox Music Pass will all show up in the Music Preview App. Try out shuffling, filtering, and sorting your music collection. And try playing a Radio station based on one of your favorite artists or bands.
  • Make playlists: Make playlists with all your music including music from OneDrive. Just create a new playlist and drag and drop the songs you want in that playlist. You can access all your playlists across your Windows devices, Xbox consoles and on the web at music.xbox.com.
  • Xbox Music Pass: If you have an Xbox Music Pass, you can browse our full catalog and stream or download music for offline use and discover new music with artist radio stations.

What’s coming next:

  • Browse and buy music in the Windows Store Beta– until then you can still buy music in the existing Music App
  • Right-click context menus
  • Better back button for easier app navigation
  • Dark color theme
  • Compact mode
  • Settings improvements
  • Improved support for accessibility
  • And much more!

Here’s what we know isn’t working quite right yet:

  • After heavy use you may see galleries disappear and show a blank white page. Restarting the app will solve the issue.
  • Playback of Music Pass content may fail with error 0x8004c029. If it does, go here to learn more about how to fix it.
  • There are no playback controls on hover when the app appears in the taskbar.

Video Preview app in Windows 10

Video Preview App

Features to try:

  • Browse and play video files (including MKV!) on your device: Try out filtering and sorting your collection and adding a folder of videos to include in your collection.
  • Browse and play movies & TV shows you’ve purchased from any Xbox Video device: Try starting a purchased video on one Xbox Video device and pick up playback right where you left off on another device.

What’s coming next:

  • Discover great new movies and TV shows in the Windows Store Beta – until then you can still get them in the existing Video App or the new web Store at here.
  • Download movies and TV for offline play
  • New device management so you can play your downloads offline more reliably on the devices you care about
  • Improved search results
  • Movie reviews and cast information
  • Settings improvements
  • And much more!

Here’s what we know isn’t working quite right yet:

  • Movies and TV shows downloaded in other versions of the app cannot be played in this preview app. They can only be streamed. This preview app only supports streaming at this time.
  • Playback of purchased content may take several seconds to begin.
  • Adding or removing folders from your video library can hang the app. Instead, use File Explorer to manage your video library.
  • Playback of movies and TV may fail with error 0x8004c029. If it does, go here to learn more about how to fix it.
  • Expired rentals incorrectly show a play button. Playing expired content will result in a playback error.

Remember that these are just previews of these apps – we need your feedback! Please submit your feedback, both problems and suggestions, on the Music and Video Preview apps in the Windows Feedback App.

The Windows 8.1 Music and Video apps from the non-beta Store (green tile) will run side-by-side with these preview apps and can be used to purchase content.

You can also engage us directly in the Windows Insider Program forums.

Thank you for your continued support,
The Music and Video App Teams

Hyper-V on Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049

Last night we released Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring.

This is an exciting release – as it has some key new technology in it.  Most notably it is the first release with Project Spartan in it.  You can read all about it here: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/30/windows-10-technical-preview-build-10049-now-available/

However, this build also includes a bug that affects Hyper-V. 

The bug stops us from being able to correctly register one of our system drivers if you choose to install Hyper-V.  It should be noted that if you already have Hyper-V enabled, and then upgrade to 10049 – everything works fine.  It is only if you install build 10049 and then enable Hyper-V that you will hit this issue.

If you want to use Project Spartan and Hyper-V on the same system – what you need to do is:

  1. Install an earlier version of Windows 10
  2. Enable Hyper-V
  3. Upgrade to 10049

If you are already on 10049 and have not yet enabled Hyper-V, you can either follow the above steps, or hang tight while we work on the next flight!

Cheers,
Ben