We brought you some news recently regarding next years Windows 8 launch. It turned out that Microsoft are considering launching their own branded Windows 8 tablets next year, in an attempt to catch Apple and Android who are running away with the tab trade. We now know that Microsoft will be integrating Xbox Live into Windows 8.
The new operating system launches next year, and is likely to feature on both PCs and tablets, Cnet UK has reported. Microsoft incorporated Xbox Live into their Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, but it failed to take off as expected, falling way behind Android and iOS again. The positive to take is that the Xbox Live integration with WP7 is one of its strongest features.
Microsoft will be hoping that this same success can be repeated when it is put onto a PC. The thought of being able to log into your Xbox Live account, accessing all of the features like your games, movies and music is a very interesting. You would only have to pay for all of your downloads once, as well as pushing all of your other files across all of your devices.
I would not get too excited yet thought as Techtorial has made a very good point in that Microsoft are yet to announce specific features on the integration. As good as the features we spoke about above sound, we cannot expect them all until they are officially confirmed. If Microsoft are to make any success of their next gen OS it is vital they give the users what they want.