Report: Microsoft's OS Group Is Building An App And Game Streaming Service


Microsoft demoed an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets at its annual company meeting in 2013, there were lots of speculations that Microsoft might solve Xbox 360 games incompatibility with Xbox One by using this technology. But this project never took off. Earlier this year, Microsoft Research revealed the project DeLorean, which uses speculation to enable low-latency continuous interaction for cloud gaming.

Now according to the report from ZDNet, Microsoft OS group is working on a project called Arcadia which is being developed by a new streaming team. And this Arcadia technology replaces the discontinued “Rio” game-streaming technology which Microsoft demonstrated at the company’s annual meeting. This technology is built on Azure and it can stream both apps and games. ZDNet also reported that Microsoft even considered streaming Android apps to Windows devices, but the idea was shelved.

ZDNet quoted couple of job posts for Arcadia team,

“The Operating Systems Group (OSG) Arcadia team is leveraging many new app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft’s core platforms. We are looking for bright, talented engineers to help the next big thing for Microsoft.

“The new Operating Systems Group (OSG) Streaming team is leveraging the cloud to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft’s core platforms. These experiences take advantage of a new geo-distributed massively scaling service to redefine what is possible on today’s devices.

“The client team is building the user facing application(s), bridging the service and devices together seamlessly. Our team is a small but growing and dedicated to solving one of Microsoft’s biggest business challenges in a creative fashion.”

Read more about it from the link below.

Source: ZDNet

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