Microsoft on Thursday is announcing a new name for Beam, the live streaming app that it acquired last year. Mixer, as it will be called now, is getting features that are available from other apps people use to stream games and other content.
Microsoft will replace Beam for Android and iOS with the Mixer app, and Mixer will take the place of Beam on the Xbox One and in Windows 10.
Microsoft is making it possible for up to four people to simultaneously live stream themselves gaming or doing other things in Mixer. Viewers will see the screen divided up into four sections of all the people who are streaming.
Facebook earlier this week introduced a similar feature that lets you bring in a guest while live streaming.
Additionally, Microsoft is releasing new Mixer Create mobile apps that will let users stream live. Soon Microsoft will update that app so as to enable game streaming as well. YouTube Gaming has permitted mobile streaming since 2015.
Microsoft will show original programming and highlights from its users in a new always-on Channel One section of Mixer, too. Twitch provides some original programming.