Xbox LIVE and Windows 8

We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows. We are very excited about Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8.  Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices.  Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy.  At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE.  We have much more detail to share about the capabilities of Xbox LIVE on Windows and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future.

If you want to learn more about Windows 8, you can watch the Keynote from earlier today.

Update: Here is a screenshot that shows Xbox LIVE on Windows 8

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  • Daniel DeLucio

    This may seem like a long-shot, but does this mean PC will become capable of playing Xbox titles somehow?

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    • Anonymous

      Different architectures so… not going to happen.

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    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      Well, give it a few years and PCs will probably be powerful enough to HLE. More long-term than long-shot.😉

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    • Anonymous

      He still hasn’t answered a single question on his own blog?

      What is the purpose of this?

      Major – “yes”

      Crazy MS.

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  • Daniel DeLucio

    This may seem like a long-shot, but does this mean PC will become capable of playing Xbox titles somehow?

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  • AmpliHelix

    I just hope Windows 8 won’t be another $150+.

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  • AmpliHelix

    I just hope Windows 8 won’t be another $150+.

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  • the Tech Dino

    This is awesome.  Windows 8 looks amazing.  I find it funny though.  I thought Games for Windows LIVE was suppose to be this, but what ever!  This is awesome news.

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    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      It was supposed to be, but then they wised up about how powerful the Xbox brand and the unified gamertag is. The people who don’t like the Xbox brand on their PC are probably not the key audience for these games anymore, and were never going to pay for a Gold membership anyway.🙂 I think it’s fine.

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  • the Tech Dino

    This is awesome.  Windows 8 looks amazing.  I find it funny though.  I thought Games for Windows LIVE was suppose to be this, but what ever!  This is awesome news.

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  • chaze hejms

    didnt windows 7 just come out?

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    • http://twitter.com/larbear_72 Larry Slattery

      Windows 7 was just a over haul and fix of Windows Vista. I wouldn’t count it as a new OS, just the result of what Microsoft had intended to release with Vista.  

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      • Anonymous

        So, Windows 7 did just come out. Okay, thanks.

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    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      Windows 7 will have been out for two years next month & I don’t believe Windows 8 is scheduled for release until next year. Three years is roughly normal between Windows versions (I think it just seems short because Windows XP was around for so long).

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    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      Windows 7 will have been out for two years next month & I don’t believe Windows 8 is scheduled for release until next year. Three years is roughly normal between Windows versions (I think it just seems short because Windows XP was around for so long).

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  • chaze hejms

    didnt windows 7 just come out?

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  • Anonymous

    Would love to see the Windows Store cone to the Xbox. Do what Apple did for smartphones to our TVs!

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  • Anonymous

    Would love to see the Windows Store cone to the Xbox. Do what Apple did for smartphones to our TVs!

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  • Todd Schroeder

    Will it be available with the developer build tonight?

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    • Anonymous

      I would love to !

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    • Anonymous

      I would love to !

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  • Todd Schroeder

    Will it be available with the developer build tonight?

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  • http://twitter.com/larbear_72 Larry Slattery

    As long as Windows 8 doesn’t leave a nasty taste in our mouths like Vista did, I will continue being very excited about the new OS. Windows 7 was a massive upgrade. @Microsoft:disqus 
    : Tip, do not release operating system until fully functional with modern and upcoming hardware and software.🙂
    And thank you Mr. Larry for providing good info to us nerds!

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  • http://twitter.com/larbear_72 Larry Slattery

    As long as Windows 8 doesn’t leave a nasty taste in our mouths like Vista did, I will continue being very excited about the new OS. Windows 7 was a massive upgrade. @Microsoft:disqus 
    : Tip, do not release operating system until fully functional with modern and upcoming hardware and software.🙂
    And thank you Mr. Larry for providing good info to us nerds!

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  • http://w1ngnut.myopenid.com/ w1ngnut

    This is a killer feature for Windows and Xbox! But, one question – tHis is interesting: “Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows device”. Does this mean Zune is being phased out?

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    • Anonymous

      That doesn’t mean zune is being phased out. The fact that zune has been phased out already is why we know is dead.

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  • http://w1ngnut.myopenid.com/ w1ngnut

    This is a killer feature for Windows and Xbox! But, one question – tHis is interesting: “Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows device”. Does this mean Zune is being phased out?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1113051243 Giuliano Tognarelli Buono-core

    Its xbox live not windows live. should be only for xbox

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    • Doug Anderson

      Why? Xbox (with Xbox Live) is one, if not the greatest platform Microsoft has right now. Why not integrate it into other things?

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      • Anonymous

        For me, one of the really great things about the XBox platform *has* been that I could use it without paying any attention at all to the rest of what Microsoft is doing. It’s been increasingly influenced by first Zune, then Windows Phone 7, and now Windows 8.

        The changes have not been positive from my perspective (personal example: I haven’t been able to watch a single episode of “The Guild” since they got that Zune stuff all over my XBox), but they seem to be going further down this path.  At this point it feels like further movement in this direction is inevitable.
        I suppose I can only hope that the PS4 or the Wii U is a better console than those vendors’ current generation devices.  Ah well, I *will* give it all a fair shot — I’m just very nervous about it, based on the past.

        And yes, I fully understand that YMMV.  This *may* in fact be an improvement for a whole lot of people.  It doesn’t seem likely that it’ll be one for me, though.

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      • Doug Anderson

        That’s interesting. As someone who doesn’t use Zune or ANY other Windows platform, I don’t feel any kind of real change as an Xbox user. You mentioned that you haven’t been able to watch any of The Guild since the Zune thing, but I don’t see why. I’ve been able to watch each new episode as they come out. It doesn’t feel any different, other than the interface.

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      • http://twitter.com/williamronholm Anonymous

        It’s actually easier to watch them with Zune since you can stream instead of download only. (If I’m remembering correctly, since it’s been a few years since NXE started)

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  • Peter M.

    Will this be free like windows live?

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    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      Windows 8 won’t be but I wouldn’t expect using the XBL integration to cost anything once you have the operating system.

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  • Peter M.

    Will this be free like windows live?

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  • http://twitter.com/AlexMSFT AliHK

    This I did NOT know, which is awesome, since I knew everything else. Can’t wait to here more about this!

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  • http://twitter.com/AlexMSFT AliHK

    This I did NOT know, which is awesome, since I knew everything else. Can’t wait to here more about this!

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting

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  • Anonymous

    why put a link to the keynote, if it’s not available to watch.

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    • Anonymous

      It’s up now

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519370297 Michael Relko

    Achievements for Windows Solitaire.  That would make me so happy. 

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    • Anonymous

      I’ve been playing minesweeper on my phone and getting achievements.  It just feels wrong.😀

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  • http://twitter.com/Epic_Louie Lou

    Day one purchase for me!

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