December 23, 2014
A team that is part of Microsoft’s Systems Group is reportedly developing a new technology called Arcadia that will stream games and apps on Windows devices. On separate occasions, Microsoft has posted job openings looking for candidates to join the Operating Systems Group (OSG) Arcadia team. Arcadia is to be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud and is expected to be a replacement to an ongoing OSG game-stream project called Rio, announced back in 2013.
“As Microsoft officials themselves have said, as Windows moves forward, Microsoft is looking at services connected to the operating system to monetize it,” reports ZDNet. “Some of those services are available today, such as OneDrive, Xbox Live and Office 365. But there are more to come. And one of those is something codenamed ‘Arcadia.’”
Microsoft has remained rather vague in its job postings about Arcadia. According to one post: “The Operating Systems Group (OSG) Arcadia team is leveraging many new app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft’s core platforms. We are looking for bright, talented engineers to help the next big thing for Microsoft.”
Microsoft is looking to bring on candidates that have experience with iOS and Android as well as other non-Microsoft operating systems. While Microsoft’s intentions may not be completely clear, ZDNet believes Arcadia is a project that will accelerate the company’s push towards crossing over into different platforms and allow for Android apps to work on Microsoft devices.
ZDNet suggests Microsoft will keep Arcadia under wraps, with a potential announcement following the release of Windows 10 next fall.