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    Windows 8 may be a “Game” changer!

    Posted: 17 Mar 2011 02:40 PM PDT

    Microsoft Windows has always had a clutch of games that include the quintessential Minesweeper and Solitaire that install with the operating system. But if rumours are to be believed, Windows users may be in for a treat. The rumour stems from an internal Microsoft team called The Windows Gaming eXperience (WGX) team, that few know about. The WGX comprises of all gaming-related endeavours between all of Microsoft’s platforms and is best described through an excerpt from their job post on LinkedIn.

    The Windows Gaming Experience (WGX) Team is a very passionate team embarking to create a new world-class gaming platform that comes alive in the presence of services and leverages the power of the PC to help define the next generation of Windows and Web gaming to 300 million potential customers. WGX team is realizing its strategy via the delivery of Windows and Web gaming solutions built upon existing available services (internal and external to Microsoft) as well as building as needed Azure-based services to enable this vision.

    We are at the early stages of defining and architecting and developing excitement around gaming in Windows and the Web. We have a highly visible company-wide charter to promote gaming and empower game developers to create compelling, immersive, rich experiences in Windows and on the Web. We are on a mission to make games a first-class citizen in Windows through our efforts and in collaboration with other groups across the Interactive Entertainment & Devices (IEB) division.

    You can have a look at this video to see the WGX’s vision of what gaming should be.

    The video shows how the team plans to integrate social networking into gaming, a feature that has been exploited by, among others, Electronic Arts (EA) in their flagship FIFA and Need For Speed franchises.

    In a post appearing on ZDNet it has been speculated that the WGX’s efforts might be visible as soon as the next version of Microsoft’s popular Windows OS.

    However, in  related news, popular gaming publisher Valve has released the results of a survey that states that only 36% of Steam users also have the Games for Windows client installed. In the wake of rumours that Microsoft wants to use gaming as a key selling point on Windows 8, this news tells us just how much more difficult that task has become for the software giant.

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