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Microsoft converging Windows platforms with universal development tools | Xbox App library to expand

Xbox can be expected to get a much larger selection of applications as Windows unites app development
Xbox can be expected to get a much larger selection of applications as Microsoft unites Windows app development

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, promised great changes to the company as a whole and his “power of the cloud” aspirations combined with the new head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, ensures greatness to come in the world of cloud gaming for Xbox.

Nadella has hinted that this would become a reality for a while with universal Windows development tools that connected Windows PCs, Windows phones, and the Xbox One back in April. With all platforms running on the same architecture and Microsoft treating them all as one operating system, application development should be a much smoother process.

“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Nadella said in a developer conference.

The plan for Microsoft is to expand their app library for all platforms will be good news for Xbox owners and Windows platform supporters overall as Windows currently lacks a diverse selection of third party applications.

While the new attitude to converge all Windows platforms is exciting, don’t expect it to really impact the Xbox One right away. Nadella stated convergence won’t be starting until the release of the next Windows operating system, Windows 9.

While the Xbox library is certain to grow application wise, it will be interesting to see how games translate with the tools. Could there be more Windows phones apps to transfer over to Xbox One now as well? The console currently has Halo: Spartan Assault which originated on Windows Phones/ Windows PCs. This could hint that more mobile-formatted games — not just applications — could carryover in the future.

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