Microsoft has recently shown a surprising willingness to develop all sorts of software for rival mobile operating systems, with a number of popular releases for iOS devices in particular. Many believed, however, Microsoft would make Xbox LIVE games exclusive to its Windows Phone platform in a bid to encourage gamers to adopt Windows Phone devices.
But according to a recent Microsoft job listing, it seems that may not be the case. The software giant is currently looking for an experienced developer who will “bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and other mobile platforms.”
Microsoft has already released an Xbox LIVE app for iOS called My Xbox LIVE, which allows gamers to login to the service and see who’s online, check their messages, compare achievements, and lots more. It seems, however, there’s a lot more to come.
A job listing on Microsoft’s website for a Software Development Engineer suggests Xbox LIVE games are coming to iOS devices:
Xbox LIVE Mobile team is looking for a passionate and experienced developer to join us in bringing Xbox LIVE entertainment experiences to various platforms. As the team inside IEB (Interactive entertainment Business) dedicated to mobile experiences, we work closely with the console software team and Xbox LIVE services to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and other mobile platforms.
This is great news for Xbox gamers who use iOS devices, but what does it say about Microsoft’s mobile operating system? Many of us assumed Xbox LIVE games would always be exclusive to the Windows Phone, in the hope that it would encourage Windows Phone adoption.
Is Microsoft beginning to accept that Windows Phone will never be as big as Android and iOS?