Microsoft talks about bringing universal Windows apps to Xbox One

Microsoft strongly hinted at BUILD 2013 that Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps could be adapted to run on the Xbox One, and today at BUILD 2014 the company expanded on that, confirming that those universal apps will be able to be compiled to run on Microsoft's new game console.

Microsoft showed off how the Windows Phone version of the Khan Academy education app could be adapted to work on the Xbox One. Another demo showed how the same app could be ported to the PC and work with the Kinect for Windows v2 hardware and software.

Unfortunately, Microsoft still isn't talking about just when app makers will be able to release their creations for the Xbox One, but at least they seem to be making progress on this front. There are still a lot of questions about how this will work, especially how app creators will upload their software to be sold in the Xbox One app store. Hopefully, Microsoft will reveal more information about how this will work at BUILD later this week and in the weeks and months to come.

Microsoft has already launched its ID@Xbox program, which allows for smaller game developers to publish their own titles on the Xbox One, without the need for a third party publisher.

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This would be cool. But I can also see Microsoft's caution on this as well. From phone, to tablet, to desktop makes sense...but not all of this necessarily translate to Xbox like that...

That would be awesome. Make a game for one, and it will run on them all. Just tweak the UI and input mechanics and your good to go!

They are probably holding off because Xbox One's OS still needs a lot of work done. If Windows 9 isn't too far off, we will probably see universal apps for Xbox One at that point in time.

I'm surprised they announced windowed Modern UI apps and the start menu before Windows 9. It doesn't even seem to be Windows 8.5, but just an update to Windows 8.1 similar to the Spring Update we are getting.

Sionic Ion said,
They are probably holding off because Xbox One's OS still needs a lot of work done. If Windows 9 isn't too far off, we will probably see universal apps for Xbox One at that point in time.

I'm surprised they announced windowed Modern UI apps and the start menu before Windows 9. It doesn't even seem to be Windows 8.5, but just an update to Windows 8.1 similar to the Spring Update we are getting.

I think the need to have those two features in 8.1 sooner rather then later are the key here. Also with those out of the way it opens up the possibility for 9 to bring even more new things, like what I expect, a new taskbar that also supports live tiles like the new menu will.

George P said,
a new taskbar that also supports live tiles
Can't fathom how this might work. Got a link to some concept UI?

No, it's actually not that hard to port right now as it is Windows 8 on the Xbox One in a slightly more boxed environment. Things like mandatory Kinect functionality are what slows things down.

Romero said,
Can't fathom how this might work. Got a link to some concept UI?

I haven't seen a concept of it yet but think of it letting them at least update their count like how if you have FB pinned to it now. The only difference is that with those you have to have the site open but with store apps they'll update like on the start screen.

I don't understand why they didn't release the XO with this feature pre-installed. It would've been a huge selling point and would've one up'd the ps4.

Other brand console emulation. Muahahahaha, *breaks the industry*.
MS should just release a $99 a year subscription for the Xbox One and let people unlock their device so they can sideload all kinds of stuff. Instawin!