Microsoft developing Xbox reading app

Saqib Shah
February 11, 2014

Following the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps, Microsoft is now reportedly working on a Xbox branded reading app for Windows 8 that includes books, comics and magazines.

According to a Microsoft job listing discovered by Chinese blog LiveSino, the company is seeking a software design engineer to join its Music, Video and Reading (MVR) team to work on what it states is a “groundbreaking interactive reading app”.

A few things remain uncertain at this early stage, such as why Microsoft is building another reading app as it already ships a Reader app for Windows 8 and whether the app will be available on the actual Xbox platform itself.

The news that the app will integrate books, magazines, and comics suggests that it could be the first full example of Microsoft’s Nook investment.

The software giant  partnered with Barnes & Noble  for a $300 million investment in late 2012, but has yet to integrate the Nook services into its own apps in any meaningful way.

Source: The Verge

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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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