According to a recent job posting spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is looking to bring its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android. These plans were unveiled in a Microsoft Careers job posting that was pulled from the job finding site following the initial Verge report.
Microsoft was quite late in jumping on the mobile bandwagon, and that has caused a lot of problems for the company. In the holiday quarter, Apple sold more Macs, iPhones and iPads than PC manufacturers sold Windows PCs, highlighting how Microsoft has missed out on the growth in the smartphone and tablet market.
People familiar with the matter claim that members of the Rockstar Consortium are looking to sell some of the patents it acquired from bankrupt communications company Nortel. The group paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for this intellectual property.
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While Microsoft wants to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS devices, the project doesn’t seem to be on top priority, as evident by the leaked roadmaps, delays, and plans to release an iPad version only after a touch-first Windows version. But this could change if former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop succeeds Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft.