by Anton Shilov
10/21/2013 | 11:20 PM
Microsoft Corp. has already disclosed that its next-generation Xbox One video game console would be able to become a business device thanks to second-generation Kinect, Skype and other advantages. What Microsoft did not mention is that the gaming devices will also run applications developed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platform.
Dell, a PC giant that also sells third-party products via its web-site, has accidentally published on the page where it sells Xbox One that the latter will be able to run Windows 8 apps, which are presumably designed for the Metro interface used on both Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.
“Consider the game officially changed. With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience,” a statement by Dell, which has been republished by numerous media outlets, reads.
Keeping in mind that Microsoft plans to enable apps for Xbox One and knowing that the console is based on a cut-down version of Windows NT kernel (which also powers Windows 8 and RT as well as other versions of the OS), launching programs originally designed for Metro interface should not be a serious problem for the console. However, since applications are developed for keyboard + mouse or a touch screen, running them on Xbox One may not make a lot of sense. Moreover, since X1 lacks file system as we know it, many of apps will be useless there.
While compatibility of applications across the whole Microsoft’s eco-systems could be a major selling point, Microsoft will have to explain the advantages of having office apps on Xbox and necessity to actually use different hardware for different purposes.
Microsoft and Dell did not comment on the news-story.