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access_time July 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

Microsoft teases Windows 8 applications on Xbox One, states developers get a “head start” by building now

Microsoft teases Windows 8 applications on Xbox One.

Microsoft teases Windows 8 applications on Xbox One.

During Microsoft’s Build developer conference in San Francisco, the company has mainly focused on Windows 8.1 (so far). They did, however, spend a few minutes talking about the future Xbox One development platform.

Steve Guggenheimer, the vice president of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group, stated, “Xbox one has two engines, it’s got a gaming engine and it essentially has a Windows 8 engine.”

He then went on to demonstrate remote debugging of a basic web application that seemed to be running on Microsoft’s upcoming console. He made sure to note that the application included an “xbox.js” library, then stated, “Nothing to announce today, but when I talk about that common core you’re seeing that common core in action, being able to target other devices over time that run the Windows 8 engine.”

Afterwards, he teased the developers in the room, stating “If you want to know how to get a head start about thinking about developing for Xbox One, the logical thing to do is go build Windows 8 applications.”

Was he just  messing with the people in attendance, or will Windows 8 apps truly run on the upcoming console?

Source: The Verge


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