Xbox One can run Windows 8.1's new universal apps

Microsoft's new universal apps will work on PC, tablet, phone, and Xbox One--but will you have to buy them for each platform?

Microsoft's new universal apps will be able to function across all Windows devices--including the Xbox One.

The company announced the new app framework during its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco, showing off the latest updates to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft says it will provide tools for developers to tweak the UI and features to whatever platform the application is running on. This includes developers being able to incorporate Kinect support when porting to Xbox One, for instance

Despite the new universal applications being able to run on all platforms, Microsoft adds that developers will be able to charge users to access the apps on each platform--you could theoretically have to pay twice if you want it to run on Xbox One and PC, then. But it is also possible for developers to sell an application once and allow it to run on every Windows platform.

Microsoft adds that apps which use the cloud to sync information should also be able to carry that across platforms.

Elsewhere in Microsoft's Build 2014 conference, the company announced that Cortana really is its digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, and that the Start Menu is coming back to Windows.

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Martin Gaston

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michaelhuntiii
michaelhuntiii

Reading the responses below... it's pretty obvious Generation Glee is setting all sorts of records for stupid. It's amazing that you Glee'ers can be raised with all this technology around you and not have a clue about the simplest things.


Anywho this is very cool and means the XB1 could one day have an app store with a selection that you're used to seeing on phones and tablets. That is very promising. 

zachtrant
zachtrant

It has nothing to do with the generation, I'm nineteen and I work in Software Engineering. There are idiots in every generation. Funny how you're so fixated on ridiculing the younger population, considering we're the ones that are going to be paying taxes for your fucking Medicare when your old ass starts to break down. And your anti-Obama posts are hillarious. Go ahead and criticize liberals and bitch about goverment spending while you draw your Social Security check. Fucking hypocrite.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Wow.....thats unfortunate. I swear I'll go back to Windows95 before I switch to Windows8

1337leobrian
1337leobrian

You know, I'm quite tired of hearing people complain about the Xbox and rant about how much better the PS4 is. It's like the whole iPhone vs Android debate. In my opinion you're comparing apples and oranges at this point. Microsoft and Sony clearly have different goals in mind. The hardcore gamer that just wants to use their console for games may prefer the PS4 but don't ignore the fact that some of us like to use our consoles for more than just gaming.


There is a point for SOME apps on the Xbox One. Yes I'm not going to want to mess with Spreadsheets on my TV but I might want to share a screenshot/video of my melting someone's face on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, etc. I might want to get messages from Facebook, HangOut, or even (gasp) SMS on my Xbox while I am as mentioned... melting face. Apps allow for a whole lot of use cases beyond what we have seen now. If you that use case does not work for you just uninstall it. Let other people that would enjoy it enjoy it.


That said the whole point of the Universal App is to give developers more options. Back in the day it was really expensive to try to write something for everything (my hat goes off to Netflix and Facebook). For this reason developers have to pick and choose. Sadly this means Windows 8 and Windows Phone by themselves fall way down on the totem poll. This is why these platforms currently suck. Microsoft is suffering from a chicken or egg problem. The platform is was new so there were no apps. Because there were no apps the platform sucks. Developers won't write apps for a platform that sucks. So what do you do? Microsoft is doing whatever they can to get developers to write apps. More apps mean less suckage in this case for everything.


Microsoft is a for profit company. They don't just make shit for your own health. I for one want to see them succeed. If they don't take steps like this eventually they're going to go away.

blackace
blackace

Does this mean we'll be able to load and run PC games on our XB1 now? What about Steam & Origin apps. If they are Win 8.1 compatible on a PC, won't they be compatible on the XB1 as well?

mlp071
mlp071

@blackace

Only if MS comes up with some way to charge you extra for that. When ever you had MS giving you something for free, other then 5 year old used up game?

michaelhuntiii
michaelhuntiii

@blackace  No. This is for future programs/apps that would have to be created to run on all MS platforms, including non-x86 tablets and phones. That means no Steam or Origin or other desktop apps unless they're recreated from the ground up. Even then something like Steam and Origin is just a gateway to play x86 games, so none of the games would work anyways.

michaelhuntiii
michaelhuntiii

@mlp071 @blackace  Oh wow, a corporation that makes money by charging for its products - what a bunch of un-American capitalist pigs. Oh wait, that's how companies make money and how America works - well before the Obamaphone generation anyways.

zachtrant
zachtrant

Only Metro-style Windows 8.1 apps man, sorry haha.

zachtrant
zachtrant

Since you think you're so intelligent, let me point out that the universal app framework isn't anywhere near new, it's the same API that's been used to write all the Metro-style applications for the four years Windows 8 has been out. All applications in the Windows Store are already using it. And it has nothing to do with architecture in particular, the Xbox One is x86. The only non-x86 devices using this API are ARM-based devices running Windows 8.1 RT or Windows Phone 8.1.

zachtrant
zachtrant

I would have thought this comment was perfect if you didn't have to make an ignorant conservative comment.

txrhody
txrhody

@michaelhuntiii I am assuming "Obamaphone" is your name for Reagan's Lifeline program that George Bush expanded to cell phones.

joshwillis
joshwillis

It needs to be noted that just because an app CAN run on the Xbox One doesn't mean that Microsoft will certify it to.  I've seen wild speculation about things like emulators running on the XBone and that simply isn't going to happen.

aznstyle650
aznstyle650

@joshwillis  Microsoft does not "certify" any of their apps. The only company that does that is Apple (Google doesn't do that either). There's already numerous emulators on the Windows Store and will most likely be available on the Xbox One as well.

hystavito
hystavito

@aznstyle650 @joshwillis  I don't believe the store for Xbox One will just open up to any app from the other platforms.  They'll probably only allow certain ones, and I can't see them allowing emulators, but who knows I guess.


Even if we put all business decisions aside, apps will probably be heavily scrutinized on security alone.

Vylsith
Vylsith

So it's basically Microsoft's version of Sony's SDK for their PS3/PS4/Vita/Mobile?  Congratulations on finally incorporating something that should've been added years ago I guess...

zachtrant
zachtrant

No, dumbass. It's allowing the thousands of apps already in the Windows Store to run on the Xbox One. And the Xbox SDK has always been more available than PlayStation's... XNA was publicly available, whereas the PS3 SDK cost thousands of dollars and required you to jump through a lot of hoops if you were an independent developer.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

Sweet so now i can track my MS Project files at home using Kinect..... Normally don't post negative stuff about systems i don't personally own but this one just needed a sarcastic comment. 


I may lack imagination but i do not see how this is a positive or anything useful. 

blackace
blackace

@C_A_G_E There were be many apps and programs that run on Win 8.1, that will be able to run on XB1 as well. It's cross platform for all Microsoft devices. That's a huge positive.

zachtrant
zachtrant

You can also Skype with Kinect, taking advantage of the 1080p video recording and automatic face tracking. Call me when the PS4 lets me do that AND plays games. Everyone says the PS4 is better for gamers because it only plays games, but the Xbox plays games just as well and does more...not seeing how a limited system is better.

ExtremeBanana
ExtremeBanana

but can it run on ps4 ???1!!!!! checkmate, atheists

xcollector
xcollector

Why did Steeve Jobs have to curse the world with apps before he died?

brunoelement
brunoelement

But one thing all of us need to agree with... microsoft released xbox 360 and the problems started happening, now with the x1 they face kind of the same problem, of corse it dosen't compare to 3rl from xbox 360....

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Isn't that why they are called Universal apps

nparks
nparks

It'll probably be similar to how the current apps work.  You install them for free, but pay for the service behind them.

brunoelement
brunoelement

Pay???? GO TO HELL MTHF.... We alredy pay 2300 reais =  920 dolars plus we have to face the fact that the f*** console isn't runing games in 1080p plus we have to pay to get anything in that s***, now they will charge for windows 8?

"Yeah yeah...that's capitalism mate...."
Yeah but there is a line between capitalism and hyper profit and disrespect, before they go throwing bills to us....how about fixing the f*** problems

brunoelement
brunoelement

@mikees1 you right man!!! I keep getting piss** with the news from microsoft and end up posting bad coments like the one i just posted :P. Sony is winning my respect :/

LimpTool
LimpTool

@brunoelement  You do know that developers do make free games right?  You could get a game on your phone and play it on your phone, PC, tablet and Xbox.  This is just like an app on your iPhone or Android device.  Now you can just play it on your console.  If they can make games that play on the X1 there is no need for me to get an Amazon Fire.  

LimpTool
LimpTool

@Summischief @LimpTool @brunoelement  You're right about the selection, but I think now that they would work across all Windows device might entice more developers to make Windows Apps.  What if Google started to make Windows apps.  We could check our Gmail on our TV or listen to Google Music.  Google always said they'd be open to it, just needed more devices.

Summischief
Summischief

@LimpTool @brunoelement Most of those free games (lite versions) are full of ads or just limited useless demos. But , its very possible to find a gem or two. However the app store for windows is very poor.

mikees1
mikees1

Buy a PS4 mate, I did. I been xbox since the beginning, but didn't bother with the xbone, after they charged an extra £100 pound for kinect I didn't want. Plus it's not really much different to a 360, just faster with slightly better graphics. Now they're adding new apps and windows 8.whatever as an apology for the main feature-Gaming, being broke. Ps4 gets the gaming right, anything else is a bonus, xbone is home entertainment centre where gaming is the bonus!

blackace
blackace

@mikees1 Gaming isn't broken on the XB1. You'll see that at the E3. Lots and lots of exclusives and new IP's are coming.

ChinookLoki
ChinookLoki

@brunoelement  I'm sorry, but are you really trying to say that app devs should all give you all of their apps for free because the Xbox One was expensive??  Do you get all apps for free on an iPad because it is also expensive?  Just trying to understand the rant here.

zachtrant
zachtrant

Yeah...Everyone seems to be forgetting that the PS3 launched at $800 ($400 more than the Xbox 360, mind) because they thought it'd be cool to use IBM's Cell supercomputing architecture. It sounded cool but the implementation was so dumbed down it performed slower than if they just went with a standard PowerPC architecture. It didn't actually become an affordable console for more than a year.

BoozerX
BoozerX

"Xbox One can run Windows"

How about 1080p?


blackace
blackace

@BoozerX It just does everything. PS4 ca't even play a music cd, which is sad.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

"Despite the new universal applications being able to run on all platforms, Microsoft adds that developers will be able to charge users to access the apps on each platform" Well nothing for me to do on the App store then ¬.¬ 

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Way to read the whole paragraph. Next sentence: "But it is also possible for developers to sell an application once and allow it to run on every Windows platform."