Microsoft Tying Windows Mobile to Xbox

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At the E3 game-related conference today, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has just announced the “Live Anywhere” initiative, which will allow Xbox users to interact with each other through many different types of devices, including ones running Windows Mobile.

According to Microsoft, mobile devices users will be able to send messages, access friends lists, download the best of mobile game content, and play some of their favorite mobile games.

And this service won’t be just for Windows Mobile devices. Java and BREW-based handsets will be able to access it, too.

Still, Live Anywhere is in the early stages of development. Microsoft says mobile users won’t have access to this service until this time next year.

Windows PCs, Too

Not surprisingly, Windows users aren’t being left out. People will have the ability to connect to this service from their Windows-based PCs early next year to play games with friends. This will debut with the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

“Our vision is to deliver consistent, compelling experiences that make it easy for consumers to jump in and play, from any device at any time,” said Gates.




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