At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft has announced that this summer the Xbox One will be able to run Universal Windows apps. The Xbox Store and the Windows Store for apps will be merged into one.
This news is mainly huge for developers who desire to build cross-platform apps and games for desktop as well as mobile OS along with gaming console. This particular move might be able to help the company in extending the lifespan of the console and at the same time provide the players with reasons to use it for more than just gaming.
The company is really eager on unifying its cross-device OS with its gaming platform for quite some time now. Last year, Microsoft had gone on to add new features in Xbox One, which allow the users to stream games to their Windows 10 PCs, chat along with gamers buddies and at the same time explore the Xbox Live community.
It will be really interesting to see the kind of Windows apps which makes its way to the console. It seems that social media, messaging and tools for streaming and creating music and content will be a part of this mix.
It is also likely that Microsoft would be sharing more information of its UWP plans for Xbox One at the Build developer conference, in San Francisco on March 30.