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Microsoft says, again, that Xbox Live is coming to Windows 8


Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live, its blockbuster online gaming and entertainment service, to Windows 8.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, an Xbox spokesman, confirmed the addition of Xbox Live to the in-development Windows 8 operating system, which will run on PCs and tablets, in a blog post on Wednesday.

"We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows," Hyrb wrote. "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."

Hryb's announcement, however, isn't the first time that Microsoft has said Xbox Live will be included in Windows 8. Mike Delman, Microsoft's vice president of global marketing at its interactive entertainment unit, confirmed the team of two of the company's most successful products in June at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles, in an interview with the Seattle Times.

This week, at Microsoft's Build developers conference in Anaheim, Microsoft gave away tablets loaded with an early version of Windows to attendees. The tech giant followed that up with a public release of the pre-beta OS -- but in both versions, while some prototype games were included, an Xbox Live app was not.

Hryb said that more details would come down the road, as Windows 8's development continues.

Delman had more details back in June. He said: "Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment" such as games, movies and music across the Xbox home gaming console, Windows tablets and Windows PCs.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Image: A screenshot of Xbox Live running on Windows 8. Credit: Larry Hryb / Microsoft Corp.

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