Over the past few weeks, speculation has abounded that Xbox Live Gold was going away or being changed. We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and at least right now, the answer is no: Xbox Live Gold isn't changing.
"The update to 'Xbox online service' in the Microsoft Services Agreement refers to the underlying Xbox service that includes features like cross-saves and friend requests. This language update is intended to distinguish that underlying service, and the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. There are no changes being made to the experience of the service or Xbox Live Gold," a Microsoft spokesperson has told us.