Windows 8 is now available

Today is a big day for everyone here at Microsoft, as Windows 8 and Surface is now available.  If you haven’t had a chance to play around with Windows 8 yet, you should check out the Windows blog on what to expect. If you are an Xbox 360 owners will be using Windows 8 you have a lot of great stuff in store for you and I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of them.  Xbox is being delivered as the premium entertainment experience on Windows 8, with four Windows 8-style apps launching today: Xbox Games, Xbox Video, Xbox Music and Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox Games, Xbox Video and Xbox Music are preinstalled and the default experiences on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass is available now as a free download in the Windows Store.

These apps will be available today on Windows 8 tablets and PCs and will become available on Windows Phone 8 when it ships.

Xbox SmartGlass
The power of companion scenarios come to life in new ways with Xbox SmartGlass, a new free Xbox app which enables your PC, tablet and phone to connect to your Xbox console in an intelligent way. Use your tablet to launch and navigate a movie on your TV and get rich details on the cast, crew and storyline. Pull the movie back to your tablet to finish watching it on the go. Use your phone or tablet as another great remote, and easily navigate your entertainment and menus by simple flicks, gestures and pinch and zoom.

 

Xbox Music
Xbox Music is the ultimate all-in-one music service, and features free streaming music on Windows 8* and Windows RT devices, as well as the ability to buy songs and albums**, an Xbox Music Pass**, artist-based radio via Smart DJ, plus comprehensive discovery from one of the world’s largest music catalogs. It’s a brand-new service, built from the ground up to meet all your music needs across your tablet, PC, phone and TV. Xbox Music is one of three pre-installed Xbox apps in Windows 8.

Xbox Video
With Xbox Video, you can browse and search the latest blockbuster movies and last night’s episode of your favorite TV shows, with more than 150,000 movies and TV shows available globally. You can buy a TV episode and rent or buy the movie of your choice. In addition to having access to the latest movies and TV shows, you can also see your videos in your local collection and play them back in a touch-optimized playback experience on your Windows 8 PC or tablet.

Xbox Games
 Back in August, I posted the list of the first wave of games coming in Windows 8. With Xbox on Windows 8, we created easy entry points into the types of entertainment that you’ll enjoy, including games. The Games app prominently features your Avatar, profile, friends and Gamerscore and allows you to explore your friends’ avatars, compare gamer stats and browse any of the top panels including Spotlight, Games Activity, Windows Games and Xbox Game Marketplace. Through these panels, learn about new games for your Windows 8 PC or tablet, or purchase digital Xbox 360 games and queue them to download on the console. The Games Activity Panel includes all of the games you own, with Xbox LIVE titles played on the console, phone and Windows to help you easily find games with Achievements, leaderboards and a connection to your friends on the Xbox LIVE service.

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Update: Xbox SmartGlass for Android is now available

 

*On Oct. 26, Xbox Music offers free streaming music on Windows 8 and Windows RT in: France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

**On Oct. 26, Xbox Music Pass and Xbox Music Store are available in: France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Finland, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1840226156 Łukasz Str

    Omg not for Poland, Xbox Music ;/ sadly.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DrunkenShaolin Stacy Daniels

    any love for android or ios support this year.

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    • massline

      Do yourself a favor and upgrade to a Lumia.

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      • http://twitter.com/KallyndaNai Kallynda Nai

        Get out.

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      • Russell Gorall

        You, too.

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

        As soon as my contract expires.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

      How about support today!

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  • http://twitter.com/Chaosprower Chaosprower

    Why isn’t half of the first wave of 40 games announced in August available yet?

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  • tceffErorriM

    When will we see the Smart Glass app for Android?

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  • http://twitter.com/DCOneFourSeven David Clarke

    Are there any ETAs for the iOS & Android SmartGlass apps?

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  • 3RI

    IOS app?

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

    When the iOS and Android SmartGlass apps are available, I’ll let you know. I do not have an ETA.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/DrunkenShaolin Stacy Daniels

      THANKS

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    • http://twitter.com/DCOneFourSeven David Clarke

      Understandable. I’m looking forward to it.

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    • http://twitter.com/dibils dibils

      oh ok i was wondering where it was

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    • Avatar Roku

      Smartglass is awesome on Windows Phone. It will definitely be pinned at the top of my Lumia 920.

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    • http://twitter.com/sevenalive Robert Baker

      Please support Android Tablets!

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    • Shawn McLeod

      The Android App has been available for a few days.

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  • uberlaff

    If you purchase music on Xbox Music on Windows 8 (or Windows Phone) can you stream the music to your Xbox?

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  • http://twitter.com/Quickos Grant Quick

    I thought the Xbox Music app was supposed to include SkyDrive music streaming for those of us with our music stored in the cloud? Is this a planned feature?

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  • Russell Gorall

    Any ETA on the new Zunes?

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    • JoeGrahamcracker

      zunes are underrated man! Ipods are half the quality, but people are more worried about being “koo”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/luke.england.9 Luke England

    I’m curious as to the relationship between my Lumia 900 and Xbox Music. If I subscribe to Xbox Music, can I use my Zune client still with my phone and get unlimited downloads, etc?

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  • http://twitter.com/ChicoEdge Chico Edge

    If I have a game on the Xbox 360 (say Dragon’s Lair) will I also be able to play it in Windows 8 or would I have to purchase it again? Will we be able to access cloud saves?

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    • Russell Gorall

      LMAO.

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

      Different platforms. Xbox 360 games DO NOT play on Windows 8. Windows 8 games connect to Xbox LIVE the same way Windows Phone games do. You can earn achievements. The games are not cross platform.

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  • JoeGrahamcracker

    My windows 95 is still holding up

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    • http://twitter.com/ciprodriguez ciprodriguez

      Try and run 1080 p full screen

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  • http://twitter.com/Halloween__Wolf Mythical Wolf

    Cr4p.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/magnus.lindberg.1420 Magnus Lindberg

    Hi. There is so much different information about the release of smartglass on IOS. From 26/10 to spring 2013. There is even a guide about how to download the smartglass app on appstore on the official xbox site. At least give us a releasedate. This is very confusing for us customers and even for the gamedevelopers as well. Thanx for listening and best regards from me.

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    • mcmax3000

      Everything I’ve heard indicates that the iOS update is with Apple for certification, so they likely can’t give a release date, because it’s up to when Apple pushes it through.

      Would be nice if they could at least confirm that they’re just waiting on it to get posted, even if they can’t give a date.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DemileeNimmo Demi-Lee Nimmo

    I hope it come as soon as possible becouse I’m really wanting it

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sascha.zeisler.10 Sascha Zeisler

    Without iOS and Android at launch, Smartglass is already dead. Not very clever. Again false promises were made at E3…:-/

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  • http://twitter.com/Vincent604 Vince

    Dear MajorNelson, give us Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer app on Xbox 360.

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  • http://twitter.com/quakeguts Skip M

    Funny, the people who PAY for the Gold Live subscription are the only ones who have to PAY for Xbox Music.

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    • http://twitter.com/ENich1 E.Nich

      Yeah, I’m with you. Xbox Music should be “Free” to Gold members.

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  • Frank Costanza's lawyer

    I bought Pinball FX 2 and ALL the tables on my Xbox and now I have to buy all the tables again in Windows Games? Riiiiight. Thanks for that but I’ll pass.

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

      Different platform. Would you expect them for free if you got a PlayStation 3 or a Wii U?

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      • ungeheier

        “Xbox on Windows 8” shouldnt be considered a ‘different platform’. If it WAS they need to remove the ‘XBOX’ from the title.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.giguere.5 Kevin Giguere

        Yes, it’s called “Crossbuy” and it enables people who buy the PS3 version to get the Vita version for free”

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  • drdavewatford

    Lack of ios or Android support at launch is crazy….how do Microsoft intend to get developers to buy in to SmartGlass if 99% of the potential market can’t use it ?

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  • Russell Gorall

    Any ETA on when Microsoft is going to fix the W7 thing for WMPlayer that has the player recreate all music libraries every time it pops up and makes it useless? I was waiting for that fix before I invest in another new OS I don’t need.

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  • AndyMP

    I’m excited about this Windows 8. I definitely need one of those touch screen devices though.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/GeminiAce Rane Pollock

    SmartGlass should be exclusive to Windows 8 and WP8, imo.

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  • http://twitter.com/MiXiE468 Jack Larsson

    I’m so dissapointed the Android version isn’t atleast minimum 2.2 instead of 4.0

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

      Blame Android fragmentation and its lack of upgrades for older models.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.giguere.5 Kevin Giguere

        That’s not Android’s fault, it’s the phone companies responsability to push updates to their users.

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