Lately Microsoft has been quite stale in gaming on the PC, mainly due to the reason that Xbox has been soaring sky high and invading homes faster than before thanks to Kinect. The fun doesn’t stop here, Microsoft is taking Xbox LIVE a bit too seriously, and Windows 8 will have Xbox LIVE support built in.

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At the moment, apart from the Xbox 360 itself, Windows Phone 7 is the only platform which has Xbox LIVE integration. Microsoft’s vice president of global marketing Mike Delman, talking to The Seattle Times:

Live has been successful on the Windows Phone. Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment. We were talking about it — you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show’s going to morph into other devices.

There will be a lot of similarities in design and service philosophy. Whether it’s us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we’re committed to that.

I would sum it by saying that this is awesome news for all Xbox fans! You can access all your leaderboards, your achievements and other bits with your friends with the convenience of your Windows 8 powered PC.

Windows 8 will be available for general consumption in 2012, Q4 seems to be the appropriate time for launch, whereas the first beta is expected to be released sometime around this year, again a Q4 release of the beta this year is expected. [via Winrumors]

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