A new report has been published which claims that Microsoft is developing a new service through which it will be able to stream apps and games to Windows powered smartphones and tablets. The service is reportedly codenamed Arcadia, which is something that Halo players will recognize, it is a reference to a planet in this popular game series. A similar service was first demonstrated by Microsoft at its annual internal meeting in 2013.
The service that was demonstrated last year was more concerned with games, and now that Microsoft has a renewed focus on apps as well, it appears that the initial plan of action has been modified to include both app and game streaming on Windows tablets and computers.
According to ZDNet’s sources Arcadia is being developed by a new streaming team that is part of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. It is reportedly being built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud so that app and game streaming is efficient and stable.
One source also claims that Microsoft has considered allowing Windows users to stream Android apps and games using Arcadia and apparently the idea is still being debated at the company and hasn’t completely been taken off the table as yet.
It is unlikely that Arcadia will be shown off at the Windows 10 event on January 21st. At this point in time there isn’t much information available about the time when Arcadia will finally be unveiled to the public.