"No longer an evolving technology"
Bad news fans of PC gaming. Your platform of choice has been dwindling in support in recent years, that’s true, but Microsoft always had your back with their frankly excellent DirectX tech – until now, that is. Microsoft has reportedly sent out e-mails to DirectX/XNA MVPs issues what can only be described as a death blow – news that Microsoft considers Direct X to be a “no longer evolving technology”.
The e-mail in question reads fully as followed:
The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, effective April 1, 2014 XNA/DirectX will be fully retired from the MVP Award Program.
Many had cited DirectX as the strong point of gaming on Windows over any other platform – and they were right – but it looks like era may be at an end as Microsoft seemingly winds down DirectX development. We’ve contacted Microsoft for more information and will be sure to update you as soon as we know more.
Source: Promit’s Ventspace