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Microsoft looks to extend Xbox Live functionality in iOS and Android

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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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posted on 03 Mar 2014, 19:50 5

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Look at that little cute android.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 20:14 1

2. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 23:43

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 05:54

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

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 20:27 1

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Well, duhhhhhhhhh...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 12:09

6. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 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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