Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android

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Fitting with the company's overall push to make its apps and services work across a variety of platforms, including rival offerings, Microsoft Game Stack will work for developers building games for any type of device, as well as other cloud platforms.

So, it's entirely possible that Microsoft is working toward Xbox Live integration for Nintendo Switch, but that it's simply not yet ready for announcement. Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's gaming cloud chief, issued the following statement.

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Microsoft's Bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

Earlier today, Microsoft announced a new cross-platform mobile software development kit (SDK) for game developers to build Xbox Live functionality into their mobile games. Instead, they can select the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their games.

"We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community", he commented.

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Last month it was suggested that Microsoft was preparing to expand the reach of Xbox Live to include many more platforms, including those of its competitors.

Today, Microsoft unveiled a suite of new tools for game developers under a new Azure product called GameStack, bringing together live ops systems for service-type games such as PlayFab, middleware engines like Simplygon and Havok, as well as new features like PlayFab UGC, which allows developers to set up user-generated content storefronts similar to that seen in Minecraft. According to The Verge, developers will have access to a variety of features, including " achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and even some family settings".

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We'll have to wait and see if this gets adopted by any developers.

Regardless, Microsoft's GDC 2019 panel will definitely be one to watch, as Xbox Live is about to blow up. It seems unlikely that will ever happen, but never say never.

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