According to recent rumours picked up by The Verge, Microsoft may be looking at new ways to bring it Xbox Live functionality to mobile, particularly iOS and Android, allowing it to deliver a users achievements, friend lists and data on game matchmaking much like it has done with Windows Phone.
Also according to The Verge, who have cited sources reportedly close to the company, Microsoft are planning to develop a framework that will allow this functionality to be brought to these platforms, quoting a job posting on Microsoft’s website which says that they are looking for a new Software Development Engineer.
As a member of the newly formed team, you will have the rare opportunity to influence our planning and design from the beginning. We will create a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Working on the gaming technologies, you will collaborate with both internal partner teams across the company and external ecosystem partners to enable end-to-end gaming scenarios.
The full job description can be found on Microsoft’s careers website,
This certainly makes sense given the amount of games played on these platforms, and it’s likely that this could be brought to Android, however I’m a little skeptical about it reaching iOS, given Apple’s tedious certification process, it’s likely to take a while to get it on both platforms.
However as of yet all of this is simple speculation, but if we hear anything official we will let you know.
Source: The Verge