Microsoft is looking at ways to expand its ID@Xbox program to other platforms now that the company is closely reaching its universal OS goal. The program itself has enabled smaller indie developers and game studios to launch an original title on the console without going through a large publishing arm. According to VRFocus, Microsoft plans to bring ID@Xbox to Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and HoloLens.
The three platforms mentioned each share a library of APIs as part of the Universal Windows platform, and VRFocus reports that HoloLens will follow suit. It will enable developers to take advantage of all available Microsoft platforms with only minimal effort required to get everything working. With Windows 10 being adopted by millions of consumers already, Microsoft hopes it will be able to court developers in releasing their work on mobile and VR.
Windows Phone (now Windows 10 Mobile) has also continuously been slammed for the lack of apps when compared to competing platforms. We'll be sure to update you should we learn anything else about Microsoft's ID@Xbox plans.
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