This morning Microsoft announced a new “universal” application method that would allow apps to be built for both Windows and Windows Phone. The goal here is to write code once, and then almost deploy it verbatim on both platforms — different screen sizes do demand slight modification.
Microsoft then announced that in the future, it would extend the universal app setup to its Xbox console. The Xbox One also leans on the shared Windows core. To see it therefore brought under the Windows dev structure is not surprising.
Also, the company had teased the decision previously.
For developers, this will extend the value proposition that Microsoft is trying to offer by uniting its mobile, traditional and, in the future, television platforms.
The company also announced that there are 80 million televisions in the world linked to Xbox consoles.