updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon April 4, 2011
Silverlight for Xbox 360 may hit next week
Microsoft's plans to port Silverlight to the Xbox 360 may come to a head at the MIX11 conference next week based on a leak. The feature has supposedly been in development for "some months" and could bring a unique level of integration between the Xbox and Windows Phone. A tipster for WinRumors suggested it could bring an app store for the Xbox that would let developers simply port WP7 apps over to the larger screen.
The choice might also help streamline Microsoft's work with Windows 8, where the new Immersive interface will be combined with a Silverlight-based app framework, Jupiter. A chance exists that certain apps written for the Xbox could carry over to Windows 8 or, eventually, in the opposite direction.
Windows 8 may also have its own app store out of the box and would clone the Mac App Store.
Microsoft hasn't directly confirmed its plans, but the job listing that tipped off the plans made it clear Silverlight would reach the xbox. Company officials have also said the role of Silverlight had been shifting away from a Flash-like plugin to a full app platform. It already forms the basis of most WP7 apps but could now be the unifying thread for every platform Microsoft makes.
On the Xbox, Silverlight could give Microsoft an edge over Apple by making a platform where media playback and other functionality would be extended. The current Apple TV is more extensible than the old model but still doesn't have an easy way to roll out new features or third-party apps.