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Microsoft Building an 'Xbox Reading' App For Windows 8 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Nate the greatest writes "Microsoft has already sunk $600 million into Nook Media, the ebook division spun off from Barnes & Noble in 2012, but I guess that's not enough for the Redmond tech giant: news broke today that they have a third ebook effort in the works. A new job listing discovered by the Chinese tech blog LiveSino has revealed that Microsoft is hiring an ebook developer to work on 'a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.' The position was posted by the Xbox Music, Video, and Reading unit, which had already released two apps for Windows 8 (video, music) and is clearly going for a trifecta. This new app shows all the signs of being completely unrelated to the Office Reader app, which leaked last year. That app reportedly focused more on PDFs, textbooks, and office docs, while the 'Xbox Reading' app mentions magazines and digital comics."
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Microsoft Building an 'Xbox Reading' App For Windows 8

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  • Who cares (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Billly Gates (198444) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:11PM (#46210231) Journal

    No one uses Windows 8 apps anyway.

    Even I am surprised as much as I hate Windows 8 I assumed due to it being installed on every computer at least some app writters would target it. Most of the users just click desktop. You can tell as most Windows 8 users have not upgraded to 8.1 according to statistics which means they do not even know it has a Windows Store?!

    Hell even Windows Phone has more apps and a reader I may add too.

  • by Billly Gates (198444) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:15PM (#46210259) Journal

    You know what I did?

    I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and clicked "Slashdot Classic Problem solved. I stayed logged in and slashdot has my preference for classic memorized. Did that on my phone.

    Now all is good except I get spam on every damn news story going BETA OMG EWWW and I am tired of reading about it or having 1/2 of the comments talking about it. Jeesh

  • Re:Who cares (Score:2, Insightful)

    by 0123456 (636235) on Monday February 10, 2014 @12:58PM (#46210583)

    Even I am surprised as much as I hate Windows 8 I assumed due to it being installed on every computer at least some app writters would target it.

    Everyone hates Metro. Pushing it onto the desktop only made people hate it more. So the only place you might sell a Metro app is a Windows phone.

    And who in their right mind wants Windows on their phone?

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