Microsoft moving ahead with new Live services, platform for the living room

Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2011, 9:08 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

Microsoft has many, varied platforms across the company. There’s the Windows platform, the .Net platform, the Xbox platform, the Silverlight platform, etc. But did you know there’s also a Microsoft “Living Room Platform”?

The Living Room platform seems, unsurprisingly, to be centered around Xbox and Xbox Live. It’s Microsoft’s platform for “multi-device entertainment,” according to a job posting I found this week.

“Our group’s mission is to enable applications and experiences to span multiple screens, including but not limited to the TV. We are a new team that is moving from incubation/startup into production,” the post said.

From what I’ve heard, Treadwell’s ISS Platform team is designed to bring togehter software and services engineering teams throughout IEB into a single entity. This team is said to be charged with creating a unified systems and devices infrastructure, dev/creation tools, unified security/identity system and some service implementations for specific devices for the expanding Xbox Live ecosystem.

If I’m reading the career-site tea leaves correctly, the Zune music/video service and the Zune digital-media marketplace may fit in here.

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