Microsoft developing Xbox-branded Reading app - Report

Microsoft job posting seeks applicant who will help build an "interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics."

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Microsoft is allegedly working on an Xbox Reading application, The Verge has reported.

Could this be an early look at the Xbox Reader app? Credit: enConnected.
Could this be an early look at the Xbox Reader app? Credit: enConnected.

The company recently posted a job advertisement for a software development engineer who will work on "building a ground-breaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics."

Successful candidates would join the Music, Video and Reading team, which focuses on delivering media content powered by the services of Xbox Live.

A source has allegedly confirmed with The Verge that Microsoft is "planning to build the new app".

At present, Microsoft offers a separate Reader App for Windows 8 which supports PDF, XPS, and TIFF files. The Reader App is not Xbox-branded, but could possibly be joining the number of existing applications which run on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 and Windows Phone as a re-branded application.

Current Xbox-branded applications include Xbox Video and Xbox Music, which Microsoft released on the iOS and Android platforms in September last year.

It looks like apps may be a strong focus for Microsoft this year, who most recently announced the success of it's Xbox One Fitness app. The Xbox One fitness app has logged almost 1.5 million virtual workouts since November. The success of the app has led the business to consider bringing it to other Microsoft platforms.

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