Microsoft looks to extend Xbox Live functionality in iOS and Android

Microsoft looks to extend Xbox Live functionality in iOS and Android
Based on a job posting that Microsoft advertised (now “no longer available”), it looks like the Redmond gang is intent on expanding its gaming environment into iOS and Android.

Given Microsoft’s propensity to scale many of its products across various platforms, it seems logical the company would want to see the Xbox gaming ecosystem grow along similar lines. The idea being that if Microsoft can make it easier for developers, then they will choose to build such apps using Xbox framework.

Of course, iOS has Apple’s Game Center, Android has Google Play Game Services and even Amazon has GameCircle. The challenge to Microsoft is then what it would bring to the table that would want to entice developers to use what would essentially be a third-party service rather than the core development tools available for iOS and Android.

From a user perspective, the experience would at least afford the ability to earn achievements, social integration and possibly cross-platform gaming. That will certainly find an audience. It is up to Microsoft to find ways to get developers on board to build such features using the framework that Microsoft wants to create.

source: The Verge

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6 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Look at that little cute android.

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I was excited when I heard Office was coming to Android, until I found it was a monthly paid service. I don't mind paying flat out for apps, I've spent easily over $250 over the years for them but if this service is like Office, no thanks.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Xbox life gold account does has a monthly subscription for xbox console user to use IE and watch Netflix.

5. papss unregistered

But it is the best online console service with dedicated servers.. I'll pay 4 dollars a month for live all day every day

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, duhhhhhhhhh...

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Everybody I think that the Primary reason Microsoft will support the New Nokia "X" phones is to have it's own Android Platform to sell Microsoft software and services like the "XBOX" can and Skipe services can provide. I think there will be 2 New Microsoft smart phones that use the Nokia Style Android OS to be soon available for sale in the American smart phone Market place. They will without doubt have much better specs then the 3 that were just introduced to be sold in emerging markets. I think one of them should have the Nokia lumia 920' or 925's pure vue camera in it. If Microsoft makes one it will for fill the dreams of many Android fans. It will sell very well on the American and European market place because Android has a HUGE user base that want pure view Android smart phones

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