Three announcements have been made by Microsoft in recent months, which together made Windows a much more user-friendly place. One of them was already announced in October 2018 and only went live at the beginning of this week. That was finally Android mirroring for Windows. The rest is about playing and how it will be possible in the near future.
Android Screen Mirroring
In the last test update, Microsoft released a very small selection of what the Android mirroring environment will one day be. We had apps and apps that did similar things in the past, but here with Microsoft, we can open a whole new door.
Using mobile apps on a desktop computer may be the biggest bang ever – especially if the insights we've had so far are only the beginning. The long ways of high-end editing of social media posts have been stored and transferred to mobile devices to share them ̵
Which apps could be useful in a desktop environment? What else do you do if you can use your phone on the screen of your desktop?
Xbox One PC Streaming
Is there a better way to increase the use of Windows than mirroring all other environments? It's finally time to put Xbox One into PC streaming, and the way Xbox One is launched could not be easier. To have your Xbox One appear on your PC, just do the following:
Mirrored Xbox One on your Windows 10 PC:
1. Winkey + P
2. Go to the Project menu and tap "Connect to a Wireless Display"
3. Select "Xbox One"
You must first connect both devices to the same wireless network. Now that the Steam Link feature gets going, Microsoft may be able to use this next-level feature faster than it would otherwise.
Why did it take so long to be a feature? I mean, really, NVIDIA GameStream worked that way all year 2014. It worked quite well back then – I played Full-Tilt Titanfall more than once on a smartphone. Now we just go the other way.
Game Stack + Xbox Live for Android, iOS
This last set of features relates to your desktop Windows experience in a sort of roundabout. Now that Microsoft is ready to deploy Xbox Live and its development suite on multiple platforms, we can all live in harmony! Or so we can hope and pray. Imagine an environment where games are not referenced in a single environment – what becomes of the apps that were previously trapped on a single type of device?
Expanding game development beyond a single platform is not new. With the move of Xbox Live to mobile platforms and the launch of Game Stack, adding developers beyond the once-needed single-platform boundaries is a thing of the past. Imagine all successes!
Now we'll see if those moves are enough to send a shock through the game's sphere and sustain the momentum long enough to hold the attention of a generation. Now that everyone has a smartphone, things may be running too fast for a desktop OS to take a long time.