Recently Reported: Microsoft developer team creates a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Microsoft wants to win back game developers.
Microsoft’s plans tells that this is in regards to a platform they’re building which will extend the Xbox Live functionality to Android and iOS games in addition to Microsoft’s own Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft has already dipped their Xbox Live toes in iOS and Android with back in late 2012, Microsoft is aiming to “win back” game developers from its competitors by making Xbox Live a lot easier to integrate into apps and games. Xbox Live, in its current state, requires certification and permission from Microsoft, but in the future the company is planning to have fewer restrictions and better tools for game developers to integrate the functionality into titles.
Microsoft is currently hiring developers to help build the new platform. While Google already has its own Google Play Games service and Apple uses Game Center for similar purposes, Microsoft will position Xbox Live as an alternative for players to use to earn achievements, find friends, and possibly do some cross-platform gaming.
It was nice to having jut one platform to play.