This week Microsoft are rolling out the second part of the of the April update for Xbox One owners on the preview program. The update has voice message support, new party chat servers and improvements to the What’s On section.

With voice messages you can compose and playback audio messages via the messages app when snapped on the Xbox One, you just double tap on the Xbox button to access the features and you can exchange messages between Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.

Voice messages – Xbox One preview program members will be able to compose and playback voice messages in the messages app when snapped on Xbox One. Quickly and easily record audio to send to your friends or others through your snapped messages app accessed through a simple quick double tap of the Xbox button. Additionally, voice messages can be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.

There is a new dedicated servers for party chat that helps users having NAT issues using the chat to work more reliably:

Dedicated servers for party chat – We’re enhancing party chat with dedicated chat relay servers that will enable Xbox One owners that may have historically had NAT issues to party chat more reliably. Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic. This service is only enabled for parties where one or more members are previewing the April system update.

Also in the update are improvements to the “What’ On” area which highlight popular videos, movies and TV shows. Microsoft are testing different experiences out for US users and are previewing the features to Canada and the UK as well. You should see trending and popular TV shows in the OneGuide EPG based of users and twitter stats.

What’s On – The Xbox engineering team is continuing to experiment with the What’s On area, which highlights popular videos, movies, TV shows and game broadcasts. We’re continuing to test different experiences for preview members in the U.S. and this month, the preview of this feature is being expanded to Canada and the UK as well.

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