Microsoft Looks to Unify Development for Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phone
September 20, 2013 4:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
Microsoft wants you to be able to run any app in all three ecosystems
Microsoft Corp. (
) currently curates three environments -- Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 -- all of which have different development libraries and require a lot of work to port from one to another.
But Microsoft hopes that with the
Windows/Windows Phone 8.1
releases, these platforms can be brought together to the extent that a developer can make single app that can run on all three devices. That's the vision
new Windows Chief Terry Myerson
formerly the head of the Windows Phone unit
as Microsoft reorganizes following the
acquisition of phonemaker Nokia
) and the
pending departure of CEO Steve Ballmer
a Financial Analysts meeting
, he remarked:
The first of those [beliefs] is that we really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices," he said. "We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices. And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices. [We want] to facilitate the creation of a common – a familiar – experience across all of those devices, but a fundamentally tailored and unique experience for each device. [We] should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices.
Of course it may be impossible to escape some sorts of optimizations for more serious apps; after all Windows Phone is a very different screen size, while Xbox has extra media and gaming hardware resources.
Critcs complain about Microsoft's lack of a unified tablet/phone Windows Store.
Some are surprised that given Microsoft's push of various apps including the Office Suite to the cloud that it still lacks a single unified app store for its tablets and smartphones. Apple, Inc. (
) already has such an app store. Microsoft might be able to follow a similar model to Apple in order to deal with the screen size problem --
allowing phone apps to run on the tablet
, in upscaled form -- while making higher definition apps tablet/PC exclusive.
It's important to understand that at this point it's just talk -- we have no idea when Microsoft's unified environment will actually be ready for the market. But Microsoft already has
a unified interface
(the Modern UI, aka "Metro UI") across all of its upcoming devices, so we're not that far off. Microsoft's many developers should prepare themselves for this shift.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: What will come of this?
9/21/2013 1:26:18 PM
All I can do is LOL at that.
RE: What will come of this?
9/23/2013 8:55:43 AM
You may not like it, but he is correct. The Metro design language has been incorporated into a few products before Windows Phone, such as in WMC and Zune most notably. At its core, it is a typographic interface and tiles were added later.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
Microsoft Lavishes Nokia's "Trojan Horse" CEO With $25.5M
September 19, 2013, 7:20 PM
Microsoft's Restructuring Plan to Unify Device Units, Shake Up Executives
September 9, 2013, 12:27 PM
Windows 8.1 Hits RTM, Aims to Win Back Customers
August 27, 2013, 7:12 PM
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Reportedly Didn't Plan to Retire So Soon
August 26, 2013, 9:52 AM
Microsoft Streamlines; Leadership Team Shuffled, But Largely Unchanged
July 11, 2013, 2:19 PM
WhatsUp with WhatsApp?
August 29, 2016, 5:23 AM
Fuchsia – Google’s New Open Source Operating System
August 17, 2016, 6:30 AM
Windows 10: End of an Era & A New Beginning
August 1, 2016, 9:59 AM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Quick Note: Whoops, Microsoft Pushed Unwanted Windows 10 to Some Users
October 15, 2015, 9:04 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 Fixes Boot Camp 6.0 Issues
October 13, 2015, 11:39 AM
Most Popular Articles
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Snapchat’s New Sunglasses are a Spectacle – No Pun Intended
September 24, 2016, 9:02 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Are farm children less likely to have allergies and asthma in adulthood?
Sep 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
MH 17 shot down by missile 'brought from Russia' into Ukraine's rebel territory
Sep 29, 2016, 5:00 PM
Burlington Gun Attack
Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information