Microsoft (finally) turns every Xbox One into a dev kit today

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced that the Windows 10 and Xbox One app stores will be combined into one to create a "single unified store across devices", a separate report from The Verge read.

Amidst the plethora of announcements made on day one of Build 2016, Microsoft made a rather interesting one for Universal Windows Platform. The update is slated to be rolled out in the summer of 2016 and will provide new features to nearly all of Microsoft's products and services. Microsoft seems less interested in using its ecosystem to prop up Windows Mobile and more interested in helping Windows users live a multi-OS life on whatever mobile platform they prefer.

"The anniversary update will come to your Xbox One, bringing all of your Windows applications into your living room, and enabling you to turn any retail Xbox One into a dev kit", confirmed Terry Myerson, EVP of Microsoft's Windows and devices group.

However, Windows 10 Mobile devices, which are already somewhat of an endangered species, will also have access to the functionality.

In related news, Microsoft has begun shipping its much-awaited HoloLens Development Edition to developers in the United States and Canada.

Microsoft is taking the open source command line, Linux, to its latest operating system, the Windows 10. Available in preview, the first is Microsoft Cognitive Services, a collection of intelligence APIs that allows systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret users' needs by leveraging natural methods of communication.

With all these additions and new features that Microsoft announced yesterday, developers will have a handful of work if they want their apps to stay competitive, because with all these options, the range of possibilities is huge.

The software company also unveiled "Bots for Skype" to help people search for information and content through the app's messaging functions. It is believed that the feature will be added through the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update.



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