Microsoft is set to release some of its older Xbox and PC gaming titles on Android and iOS devices. The Redmond based company is set to do this through a licensing deal that will be done with a Japanese app developer called Klab Inc.
The first gaming title that is to come out under this new deal is the classic "Age of Empires", and it is going to be landing on Android and iOS handsets as a free to play app at the end of this year.
The decision to bring these games to Android and iOS is somewhat puzzling though given that the company's own Windows 8 Phone Operating systems is seriously being overrun in terms of popularity by Android and iOS. Now it seems that Microsoft is actually bringing more value to these platforms and this also comes after the company announced that it would bring its new Halo titles out to Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices exclusively. This certainly doesn't sound like a cohesive strategy to me.
Perhaps what the Redmond based company should be doing is having these retro titles only available for Windows devices so that more people could be pushed into making the jump to Microsoft's OS, although I certainly won't be complaining as I own an Android device myself. There really isn't much reason at the moment for anyone to jump from the two most popular operating systems right now.
Do you think that Microsoft should be bringing its older titles to Android and iOS devices or do you think it would be wiser for them to keep the titles Windows exclusive? Please leave us a comment below.
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