Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been vocal about his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy. So, it's no surprise that the latest whispers out of Redmond suggest the OS giant is developing a cloud-based streaming service for games and applications.
According to sources cited by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, the "Arcadia" service is being built on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. Arcadia reportedly replaces the "Rio" game-streaming service Microsoft demoed last year, but there are few details about what it entails.
Foley was spurred by a Twitter user inquiring about a couple of Microsoft job posting that mention Arcadia and streaming specifically. Those posts indicate that the team behind the project is part of the Operating Systems Group, and that it's developing "premium and unique experiences" that "take advantage of a new geo-distributed massively scaling service to redefine what is possible on today's devices."
The job postings say experience with Android and iOS is a plus, hinting at a possible mobile connection. Foley notes that Arcadia could be used to bring Windows software to mobile devices running other operating systems, which seems plausible given Microsoft's recent push to get its products working on Android and iOS. Streaming Android apps to Windows devices was reportedly considered at one point, as well, but one of Foley's sources says that idea was shelved. Some form of local emulation probably makes more sense for running Android apps in Windows.