Windows 8 – Xbox Live Integration

Since all information about this is been given out sparsely by Microsoft, a lot remains to be seen till the official release of the new O.S. Some of the major expectations are:

  • Implementation of cross platform online gaming
  • Ability to run X-box discs in the PC
  • Since Xbox Live is already implemented in Win7 phones, many people are eagerly anticipating the functionality of Xbox Live on laptops, tablets, desktop Pc etc.
In the BUILD conference of September 2011, Windows chief Stephen Sinofsky gave a preview of an Xbox Live interface demo. While, he only displayed the gaming aspect of Xbox Live, he promised that viewing and sharing of entertainment will be as easy and powerful. Most of the games and other applications will most probably be available in the Windows 8’s app store, now referred to as the Windows store. Once running, this like the apple store will provide opportunities for developers to make millions of dollars by making their tools available for use to anyone in the world from a single platform. Since Microsoft is shying away from announcing the official launch date of Windows 8 itself, we cannot expect such an announcement for Xbox Live in windows 8 either. But rest assured a whole league of gamers and developers are waiting with bated breaths to hear the news, which will give them the chance to get their hands wet on one of the most promising developments of Microsoft in a very long time.]]>

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