Windows Phone 8.1 is just around the corner (we hope), but today Microsoft addressed a few glaring holes still present in Windows Phone 8 over a year after its launch. Starting today, Windows Phone owners finally have access to Xbox Video on their handsets, as well as an updated version of Xbox Music.
The big news here is Xbox Video, which finally gives mobile users access to videos they’ve purchased through the service on other devices or online. Once you’ve signed into the app you’ll have instant access to any videos you’ve already purchased or rented. You can also buy or rent new movies and TV episodes directly on your smartphone. Ever since the introduction of movies to Google Play, and of course the option in iTunes on iOS, video content has been a glaring absence on Windows Phone.
Windows Phone 8 owners can also take advantage of an updated version of Xbox Music, which the company says is a preview of things to come. The app offers a few new features, including the ability to add music to a cloud-based account, and edit and auto sync playlists. You’ll need an Xbox Music Pass account to access the new app, which costs $9.99 per month.
Both applications are available for download from the Windows Phone Store now.