Microsoft: 'Not accurate' to say all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One

Microsoft is still keeping information on how Windows 8 apps could run on its upcoming Xbox One console to itself, declining to clarify if any Windows 8 apps will run on the console.

Recently, Neowin reported that a page on Dell's website stated that "all your favorite Windows 8 apps" could run on the Xbox One. In response to that claim, a Microsoft spokesperson provided the following statement: "The suggestion that all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One is not accurate."  The company first brought up the subject at its BUILD conference in June, saying that developers should start making Windows 8 apps to "get a head start" on preparing to make programs for the Xbox One.

Microsoft's response doesn't preclude some Windows 8 apps from running on the console. When Neowin asked for the comment to be clarified, the spokesperson provided the following response: "Microsoft is committed to making it easier for developers to bring an app from one platform to another, but we have nothing more to share at this time about apps on Xbox One."

With just over a month to go before the Xbox One is launched on Nov. 22, Microsoft has yet to officially announce many third-party apps for the console. If even 1 percent of Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One, it would give the console an app library far exceeding any other console.

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-3rd Party accidently posts some cool info about Xbox One
-People get very excited about info
-Microsoft slams rumor as false, crushing excited consumers
-Profit?

Not saying Microsoft has to confirm the rumor, but it seems something like this is in the works with the vague denial they posted. If anything, the Xbox One needs excitement now, based in reality or not, it could have provided some nice buzz for the console.

Eventually the rumor would have dissipated, whether it was true or not.

There's still changes a developer has to do, mostly with input and UI scaling to bigger TVs but that's probably minor work. It'll be interesting anyway, no need for MS to be too locked down with it tbh, it's an advantage they could use to help sell more units.

They'll probably have a separate app store for the 1, but they mentioned syncing with other devices. I bet apps for the 1 will be more limited, like you probably won't see Office for it, but I'm not sure about vlc either, it might compete with the way they want to monetize the 1's services.

As long as they allow apps such as VLC Metro or if XBMC ever decide to create a Metro App. So that we can play all local/network files in any file/format/container.

SCOOBY_666UK said,
As long as they allow apps such as VLC Metro or if XBMC ever decide to create a Metro App. So that we can play all local/network files in any file/format/container.

I really hope they port the Windows 8 Plex app.

Windows 8 apps running on the one would be the kick needed to get devekopers on board. They can say what they want about Windows 8, but no one is foolish to ignore the market potential of the Xbox brand.

It's probably optional, and defaulted to not included so that developers can test compatibility... mainly input method compatibility.

I'm guessing theoretically any app could run on X1, but it's probably up to the developer, and you'd likely have to get approval from Microsoft.

They also probably say this to cover themselves for things like Netflix, which they have on X1, but behind Gold.

spenser.d said,
They also probably say this to cover themselves for things like Netflix, which they have on X1, but behind Gold.

This is, quite literally, the biggest issue I have with the xbox right now (just to be clear, I have other issues too, but this is the largest).

It's probably like a half-hour job to change a few system options and control works to have it running on the platform, it's all running through the same compiler

Vinylchan said,
It's probably like a half-hour job to change a few system options and control works to have it running on the platform, it's all running through the same compiler

Oh I'm sure it's not at all complicated to do, but that doesn't mean all devs will do so, or that Microsoft will allow every app to be compiled into an X1 app.

spenser.d said,

Oh I'm sure it's not at all complicated to do, but that doesn't mean all devs will do so, or that Microsoft will allow every app to be compiled into an X1 app.

Everything will have to go through Microsoft Cert testing as usual,

Albert said,
yeah. i just couldn't wait to balance my corporate budget on the xbone.

What about your weight? I track mine on a spreadsheet... :-)

Albert said,
yeah. i just couldn't wait to balance my corporate budget on the xbone.

How would the capability be a bad thing? If for some reason your work desktop acts up, grab the keyboard plug it into the One and finish your document saved on skydrive.

Mr.XXIV said,
I think this was to clear up the ARM vs x86 discussion..kinda.

What was that discussion? WinRT isn't the same as Windows RT. WinRT apps run on both ARM and x86.

Mr.XXIV said,
I'm too used to the term NT more than I would for RT to be honest..

That sentence does not make sense. I suggest you rewrite it.

Yes, but many more apps will run on the Xbox One, but they are NOT 1:1 code matches. There are platform specific requirements to be met, just like there are for other WinRT devices.

Dot Matrix said,
Chances are they've adapted their Bing apps, SkyDrive, Skype (obviously), and IE for XBox.

Isn't Skype baked into the OS on the new Xbox? I wouldn't imagine there would be a separate app.