Microsoft 'Arcadia' team at work on the future of Game and App Streaming
Microsoft is looking at ways to monetize Windows, beyond the traditional up-front purchase price, and the most likely way to achieve this is through various add-on services that provide additional value for users beyond the core experience.
Some of services are available to the public already today such as OneDrive, Xbox Live and Office 365. One additional service that seems to be in the horizon is something codenamed "Arcadia."
According to Microsoft watching expert Mary Jo Foley, Arcadiais the technology being developed by a new streaming team in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group. This seems to be an extension of the technology which Microsoft demonstrated at the company's annual meeting in September 2013, perhaps combined with the DeLorean / Outatime project by Microsoft Research, and could be leveraged to stream not only games, but also certain apps.
While it is unlikely that Microsoft will have enough to demonstrate this technology at it's upcoming consumer-focused Windows 10 event on January 21, it is expected that the technology could be available after the launch of Windows 10 later in 2015.