Microsoft Launches May 2019 Xbox Update

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Xbox, Xbox One with 5 Comments

The May 2019 Xbox Update is now available with improvements to your friends list, messaging, and My Games & Apps.

“Team Xbox is hard at work preparing for E3 and beyond, but we have a few new features that are rolling out broadly beginning today,” Microsoft’s Jason Ronald announces. “The May 2019 Xbox Update includes improvements to your friends list, messaging, and better sorting in My Games & Apps.”

Here’s what’s new.

Friends list improvements. Your Friends list now displays unique icons next to each friend indicating which platform—Xbox One, Windows, Android, or iOS—they are using.

Messages improvements. A new Message Request feature prioritizes messages from friends and anyone you want to communicate with. Messages from people you don’t know are now displayed in a secondary message requests tab. The bad news? All previous group messages will be lost in the transition. If you want to back up any previous group messages, you can copy/paste them from Xbox.com for a limited time, Microsoft says. Messages with individual users will not be impacted.

My Games & Apps improvements. The crucial My Games & Apps view in the Xbox Dashboard no longer uses articles like “a,” “an” and “the” when sorting by name. So a game like “The Witcher” will now be sorted under “w,” as God intended, and not under “t.”

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