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Microsoft's new universal apps can run on Xbox One and Windows devices

Devs able to easily move apps between mobile, console and PC

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2013 will allow developers to easily create and port apps across Xbox One and other Windows devices, the company has announced.

Revealed during Microsoft's Build 2014 conference in San Francisco, Visual Studio 2013 allows developers to create "universal projects" - which can range from games to software applications - and then easily move them between Xbox One, PCs, tablet and Windows Phone environments without requiring significant changes to the code.

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Developers will also be able to make apps universal, which means they can be purchased once on the Windows store and then downloaded again on other devices for free, or at other individually specified rates.

In late March Phil Spencer, the executive who has managed Microsoft Studios since 2008, was promoted to head of Xbox.

"I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment," Spencer said.

His new role, as stated by Microsoft's new chief executive Satya Nadellaa, "combines the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team".

Spencer added: "Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world's most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself.

"It's been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honoured to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry."

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