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    I think this along with the acquisition of Minecraft, investment in Beam/Mixer, select first party games running on on the Xbox or Windows 10, and supporting cross play with different gaming consoles Microsoft is realizing that gaming is something bigger than just putting out DirectX and bring the platform where most gaming is.

    From a business stand point, I think this is a long term strategy along with Azure and other cloud services that the days of Microsoft relying on revenue from Windows (Desktop/Server) and Office licenses is gone. They need to be open to new things and as cutting edge as they can be to remain relevant.

    Additional article about Microsoft under Satya Nadella