Microsoft’s Stream Service Changes It’s Name


The Microsoft-owned live streaming service, Beam which is intergraded into Windows 10 and Xbox One has been renamed.

Now called Mixer, Beam’s co-founder and engineering lead,  Matt Salsamendi stated in a blog post that “it was something that we decided on as a team. We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name.”

In addition to the new name a handful of new features have been announced for the service. “co-streaming,” has been announced which allows upto four Mixer users to broadcast together. This feature will combine multiple “separate stream sources into one shared ‘split-screen’ view, including a centralized chat experience,” according to Salsamendi.

Mixer is also introducing a new mobile app which is in beta today. The app supports self broadcasting on Android and iOS. Mixer is planning to introduce the ability to stream mobile games soon.

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