It looks like those indie and professional game developers that like Microsoft's cross-platform XNA development platform will no longer be supported. An internal Microsoft email reveals that XNA Game Studio is basically dead. The email reveals that Microsoft plans to "retire" XNA and DirectX from its 'MVP Award Program' - a reward initiative for developers who wish to become evangelists for various technologies.
"The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise," read the email. "Presently, the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology."
You can check out the email in question below:
Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise.
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.
Because we continue to value the high level of technical contributions you continue to make to your technical community, we want to work with you to try to find a more alternate expertise area. You may remain in this award expertise until your award end date or request to change your expertise to the most appropriate alternative providing current contributions match to the desired expertise criteria. Please let me know what other products or technologies you feel your contributions align to and I will review those contributions for consideration in that new expertise area prior to the XNA/DirectX retirement date.
Please note: If an expertise change is made prior to your award end date, review for renewal of the MVP Award will be based on contributions in your new expertise.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this change.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft plans some sort of replacement for XNA. With the Game Developers Conference coming up soon, maybe we'll learn more about the future then.