Microsoft Gives Mixed Signals on Fate of DirectX
The confusion arose from an email that was sent to DirectX/XNA MVPs by Microsoft. The email told MVPs that the MVP Award Program for DirectX/XNA would be retired by April 1 of 2014, giving many people the impression that both components were being put out to pasture. After a flurry of news reports on the topic, Mary Jo Foley got to the bottom of the issue: Microsoft goofed. The company confirmed that the email was inaccurate so far as DirectX is concerned, and that “Microsoft is actively investing in DirectX…”
So, it looks like this is a lot to do about nothing – at least for DirectX. The lack of support for XNA isn’t surprising, as Microsoft has been discouraging its use in mobile game and Windows 8 game development.