Microsoft's Universal App Initiative to Unite Windows 10 and Xbox
PC and Xbox One gamers will be able to share the same gaming experiences when Windows 10 is released this year.Xbox and Windows users are poised to share more app and gaming experiences than has been previously possible. During Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, this week, Microsoft touted the potential benefits of its Universal App initiative to users of Windows-based mobile devices. In essence, developers can deliver consistent app experiences across Windows 10 PCs, tablets and smartphones. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, also taking place this week, the company shared more details on some of the technologies, including the Windows Universal App platform, that game makers can leverage to unify the Microsoft Xbox One and Windows PC communities. Or at least get them to compete with one another in virtual battlefields. "Windows 10 brings together one core operating system, one application platform, one gaming social network, one store, and one ingestion path across all Windows PCs, Tablets, Phones and Xbox One consoles—that's more than 1.5 billion people," wrote Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire editor in chief, in a roundup of Microsoft's announcements at GDC. The company kicked off the far-reaching initiative, which stretches from tiny Internet of things (IoT) devices to full-featured PCs, at last year's Build 2014 developer conference with the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.
"It will be easier than it has ever been to bring content to PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox consoles, and future Windows 10 devices like Microsoft HoloLens," Tuttle added, reflecting his company's efforts to streamline the process of coding for multiple device classes. "Developers will be able to do this and more when Windows 10 is available this year."