Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella yesterday made public an e-mail sent to all Microsoft employees detailing some of the new directions in which the company is turning. The company intends to continue to “thrive and grow in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
What that statement means specifically for Xbox is yet to be seen. Important announcements for the Xbox division include naming Phil Spencer to a new leading role, where he “will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios. Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones.”
In the section’s closing, Nadella praises “…the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, Titanfall!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways.” While cloud-computing and streaming has transformed our media environment on the Xbox One, the applications for gaming specifically have tended to lag behind. Hopefully this type of visioning language from Nadella leads to applicable cloud-based technologies for gamers as well.