Just a few days ago, Microsoft announced that its Groove Music service would be replaced with previously considered rival service, Spotify. The firm aimed to make this transition easier for users with prompts to initiate their migration as soon as possible. Now, it appears that the native Spotify Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app will appear on Windows Mixed Reality devices.
It is important to note that the Spotify app has been available in the Windows Store for a few months. However, a native UWP app, in comparison to the existing Centennial version of the Store app, can run on multiple devices, as these are not written for a specific OS in their manifest build. In essence, only a native Spotify UWP app can act as a full replacement for Groove Music, as this enables its availability for Windows phones and Windows Mixed Reality as well.
Interestingly, @hermitdave, on Twitter, asked Microsoft’s Alex Kipman whether Spotify would be coming to Windows Mixed Reality in 2018, and received the following response:
Pandora and iHeartRadio work great! Spotify is coming soon also.
— Alex Kipman (@akipman) October 9, 2017
As mentioned before, for Spotify to work in Mixed Reality, a native UWP app for the digital music service would need to be introduced. Although such an app for the Xbox One already exists, Kipman also indicated that Microsoft would be further developing the app, as it currently lacks the features required for Mixed Reality.
Keep in mind that no official announcement regarding the availability of a native Spotify UWP app on Windows 10 has been made as of yet, even in light of the information that has been revealed on Twitter. Perhaps more will be disclosed when Microsoft launches its Mixed Reality platform with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in a couple of days time.