A few interesting things might be in development at Microsoft.
It seems that Microsoft are working really hard behind the scenes to improve the Xbox One as well as the services related to it such as Xbox Live. According to a couple of job listings on Microsoft’s official career page, the company is looking to take Xbox Live to the next level and reinvent entertainment powered by the cloud.
The first job listing by Microsoft is looking for Senior Software Engineer for its Thunderhead team. Microsoft’s Azure platform consists of hundreds of thousands of servers and among it is a part dedicated to Xbox One. That section is called Thunderhead. The candidate will need to work with the Thunderhead team so that can take Xbox Live to the next level and even expand its reach by coding, testing, and deploying features to the service.
The second job listing is that of an Interaction Designer who will need to have knowledge across information architecture, interaction design, research and usability, rapid prototyping, visual design, motion design, brand integration, and content creation. Using this, the candidate will need to make use of the cloud and make it available across several devices and screens such as TV, PC, Web, and Mobile. This is rather interesting since this could be an indication that Xbox One will be able to stream games on several devices. We do know that Xbox One games will stream to any Windows 10 PC or tablet in the future, so this is possibly a part of it but using the cloud.
As usual take this piece of information with a grain of salt since this is not an official confirmation from Microsoft. But at the every least it seems they are working on improving their services since they are hiring people for it.