And yes, Solitaire and Wordament already have Xbox Live integration, but this whole implementation will affect all games - if devs choose to use Xbox Live features.
To put it simply, Microsoft will be launching a new cross-platform mobile SDK (or mobile software development kit) to bring Xbox Live functionality to games running on iOS and Android operating software.
In other words, friend lists, achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, and family settings will be available on these mobile platforms.
Microsoft is entirely open to having Xbox Live on all platforms - including the PlayStation 4 - but will Sony allow it? Likely not. Maybe someday, but certainly not now.
Furthermore, the huge company introduced Microsoft Game Stack, a full suite of developer tools, including:
- Azure PlayFab
- Microsoft Azure
- Visual Studio
- Xbox Game Studios
- Power BI
- Visual Studio App Center
- Xbox Live
Yeah, I think Microsoft will be able to carve its own niche this year.