Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Xbox LIVE

If you haven’t seen the news, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available starting today. We’re excited that Xbox LIVE is part of this preview, and I wanted to share some details about what you can expect.

Xbox Live in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes games, video, music and Xbox companion applications.  In the preview, these apps are just a taste of the features that we’ll be delivering at launch.   We will share more information later this year as we get closer to launch.

Check out the preview if you can and let us know what you think. While you are downloading it, I’ve posted some screenshots of what Xbox LIVE looks like in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Stay tuned for more details.

Update: Here is a good FAQ about Xbox LIVE and the Preview

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  • Tim Sierzega

    This is very sweet! thank you😀

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  • Anonymous

    Installing it on an old laptop at work can’t wait to get it home

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  • Michael Maul

    The flickr gallery seems to be set to private.

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    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      Try the Flickr gallery now…it looks like Flickr took a few moments to catch up.

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  • the Tech Dino

    84% and six minutes to go.  Can’t wait!

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  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Wish I had a Win7 touch-screen tablet. This seems like it would be mind blowing on that.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/miguelribeiro.ap Miguel Ribeiro

    Screeshots aren’t working sir!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/miguelribeiro.ap Miguel Ribeiro

    k, so i’m just confused now… That screen showing pinball fx 2 has a button saying “play”. Does it means that i actually can play xbox games on pc? :S

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

      Not at all, don’t be silly. Take a closer look. That screenshot says “…PinballFX2 is now available for Win8 BETA…” Zen ported it, and nobody made a new box art thumbnail.

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  • http://twitter.com/ruiner9 Ed Wilson

    Can I install this as an upgrade over the Developer’s Preview, or will I need to format and install fresh?

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    • Anonymous

       Format and reinstall is required.  Upgrading is not supported.

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  • http://twitter.com/EV1LSEAN Sean

    Not sure if I like the look of the new layout. Call me old fashioned but I prefer a desktop with icons on it, lol. Hopefully there’s an option to change it, if not I’ll probably stick with Windows 7.

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XOTBJKUR4IW74YLQH2LHQTE2BU Kairu

      Same here. Dislike the metro dash as it is. If you can’t change to the old desktop layout I’ll stick with Win 7.

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    • http://twitter.com/ruiner9 Ed Wilson

      You can change back and forth at will.  The traditional desktop is very similar to Win7.

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    • http://profiles.google.com/miguelribeiro.ap Miguel Ribeiro

      You can change🙂

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  • http://twitter.com/slikriky Richard Cronshaw

    Just installing a VM now. This could be tricky on a ACER RL70 Net Top

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaun-Perry/669502230 Shaun Perry

    I want this soo bad, but I take online classes and I’m worried it won’t be supported!
     

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    • http://profiles.google.com/miguelribeiro.ap Miguel Ribeiro

      Probably your online classes depend on a browser, install firefox or chrome and you’re good to go😉

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    • Anonymous

      Dual boot. Create a 20 – 30 GB partition, use the ISO download and you can have both the old and the new systems running on your PC.

      Remember that this is preview software. It is not finished, will not be completely stable and as you mention above it may have incompatibilities. It is also time-limited. Overwriting your existing operating system on your primary PC would be an extraordinarily bad move because it will not be possible just to go back to your old operating system – you will need to install it again from scratch. And when the full version comes out, chances are you won’t be able to upgrade – all previous preview programmes I have been involved in have required a fresh install.

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    • Anonymous

      Dual boot. Create a 20 – 30 GB partition, use the ISO download and you can have both the old and the new systems running on your PC.

      Remember that this is preview software. It is not finished, will not be completely stable and as you mention above it may have incompatibilities. It is also time-limited. Overwriting your existing operating system on your primary PC would be an extraordinarily bad move because it will not be possible just to go back to your old operating system – you will need to install it again from scratch. And when the full version comes out, chances are you won’t be able to upgrade – all previous preview programmes I have been involved in have required a fresh install.

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  • http://twitter.com/korahn Eric Starr

    Vista was bad enough, 7 had problems, and now 8 – Microsoft makes a Tech support agent’s life hell sometimes.

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    • Anonymous

       That may be so but it is good for the industry to keep each release different from each other in some form so that we can tell what version is installed.

      P.S. – I work tech support as well so I should know.

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    • Anonymous

       That may be so but it is good for the industry to keep each release different from each other in some form so that we can tell what version is installed.

      P.S. – I work tech support as well so I should know.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=575835098 Sean Kelly

    hey major it wont let me sign into live says “sign in isn’t supported in your region at this time” status code 0xc00d1388 im in Canada thanks

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  • http://twitter.com/williamronholm Anonymous

    It is excellent as always.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ReprovedReaper André Svensson

    how exactly does the installation work?
    It seem like it want to upgrade my current OS with is Windows 7, but I don’t want that I want to install it on either a Virtual machine or by using Dual-boot, is this even possible or do I need to install Win XP again and upgrade that?

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

    Bye bye GFWL. Can’t say as I’ll miss ya.

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  • http://twitter.com/Lucky13X Lucky13X

    Downloading now.

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  • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

    If I can play some of the arcade games that I bought on Xbox with Windows 8 then I will love this! Have a few games that just feel weird playing on a console. I’d rather have them on PC or Windows Phone; like Puzzle Quest, Zuma, any card games, etc.

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

       Only arcade games the developers have ported, it seems? But that will probably grow over time.

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      • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

        Sounds good to me. I have ton of arcade games.

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      • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

        I doubt they will give away new Win8 versions for free. I can see deals in the future where you can get both for one price but I wouldn’t bet on this being retroactive.

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  • Peter M.

    And the best thing: Xbox live on windows is free. No need for a supscription

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  • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

    Question: If I download this preview will games (Dawn of War 2, LOTRO, SF4, and a few others) I have not work until they are updated to support Windows 8? I noticed it said if I download this preview I’ll have to reinstall Windows 7 to change it back. Not sure if I should waste time getting it if I won’t be able to do anything.

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    • Anonymous

      I think it really depends on the game.  I know I can still play a few titles that were originally designed for Windows 98 or XP on a Win 7 machine but others are a no go just for how some semi-random bit of code conflicts with the new operating system.  The same is probably true for this latest OS too. 

      With luck those games will work, but then again there’s the chance that they won’t just because they weren’t designed with the forethought of 8.  It’s not an absolute barrier, but you might have some problems so just take the risk into consideration when deciding on the preview.

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  • http://twitter.com/oxyg3n Oxyg3n

    UK users don’t wanting to try out Windows 8 specifically for testing the XBox integration, don’t bother downloading it, MS has screwed us again, it doesn’t work…. Thanks MS for making everywhere else more important then us

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  • Anonymous

    Getting a error code that say it isnt supoorted in my region and that it cant connect to the service nice start for a consumer preview dont you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/yamayamayaamaa «-•·÷·- ¥ámá -·÷·•-»

    Can you get new Xbox Live achievements with this yet?

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    • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

      I’d like to know this too.

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    • BadManDuke

      No, Achievements are not offered with the Arcade games for Windows 8 yet. They’ll be available once it goes retail.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ReprovedReaper André Svensson

     thanks mate, you’re a lifesaver

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  • http://twitter.com/bushmaster2000 bushmaster2000

    I’ll check it out for curiosity but I feel like as a business product, it’s too early for another version of Windows.  I still am running into major 64bit compatibility issues and even have problems with getting some things to work in 32b windows 7 even running XP emulation mode.  I”m not really sure how well Windows8 is going to do, it just seems like it’s too soon. But maybe as a home OS it could do alright especially with Live integration.

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    • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Dustin

      I’ve been using 64bit since 2008 with Vista then on Windows 7 later. I have had no compatibility problems, though it was a concern I had. Things like that are frustrating. It’s a fine time to release a new OS, Windows 8 looks to bring quite a bit new to the table. The current OS’s will still be supported and updated for many years.

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      • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

        Agreed. They’re responding to market changes. We saw it start with netbooks and really take off with smartphones and tablets. Consumers want more on the go devices. The desktop PC will never go away but mobile is the future. Windows 8 is Windows for the post-desktop era.

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    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      Windows XP was an anomaly. Before it (and one presumes after it) Windows used to upgrade very frequently. Same story on the Mac and Linux side.

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