Microsoft is looking to broaden Xbox Live's presence on smartphones in a bid to make it easier for developers to integrate the service into their apps and games.
The news comes via a job listing on Microsoft's careers website, which suggested the firm is looking to streamline its online service in order to make it more accessible.
Also of note is the suggestion that Xbox Live - which is currently restricted to Microsoft's own Windows Phone - could make an appearance on iOS and Android.
What devs want
"We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android," read the job listing, which has since been removed.
At the moment Xbox Live requires certification and permission from Microsoft in order to be used, processes that might scare away developers interested in utilising the service.
By having fewer restrictions, Microsoft will be hoping that developers will be more enthusiastic about integrating Xbox Live into their projects, helping the company gain a foothold on rival platforms and compete with existing systems such as Apple's Game Center.
The move also opens up the possibility of new features, such as cross-platform play, becoming a reality in the near future.
[source: The Verge]