Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8, With Xbox Live

Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference is currently underway, which means a flurry of news today about Windows 8, the megalithic corporation’s new operating system. Designed as an answer to Android and iOS, Windows 8 will be touch sensitive, and easily adaptable to mobile devices.

Most important to gamers, however, is the news that the operating system will support full Xbox LIVE functionality. In the not-too-distant future, developers creating games for Windows 8 will be able to count on Microsoft’s robust online platform to make their titles that much better. Microsoft has been consolidating its online offerings for some time, and will surely be eager to get rid of the moribund “Games For Windows LIVE” brand, which is universally reviled. Replacing it with Xbox LIVE, an unalloyed success, is sure to please everybody.

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