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Microsoft to integrate Windows Mobile, Xbox Live

updated 08:05 am EST, Wed December 30, 2009

Win Mobile 7 also gets support from LG

Microsoft has committed itself to developing Windows Mobile as a more substantial gaming platform, according to a pair of freshly discovered job listings. A post for a Principal Program Manager is the most significant and would task the recruit with bringing "Xbox Live enabled games" to Windows Mobile phones. The move wouldn't result in Xbox-quality games but instead linking them to the social aspects of the service, including avatars, social elements and "multi-screen experiences."

Simultaneously, a Software Test Engineer position is less specific about Xbox Live integration but does seek help creating the mobile gaming experience at Microsoft and puts a focus on a phone's "always connected Internet" as a cornerstone of the platform.

The moves would not just address a common complaint of Microsoft's various platforms being isolated from each other but a significant deficit in gaming for Windows Mobile. Despite having full 3D support and even getting help from companies like NVIDIA in receiving gaming-friendly hardware, the mobile OS has trailed platforms like iPhone and Android not just in the number of games available but also relative quality, as most commercial-level games aren't developed for Windows Mobile. Microsoft's strongest commitment to mobile gaming has been the launch of Zune HD games that themselves are only carefully hand-picked titles.

A third listing, for a Senior Software Development Engineer, also provides evidence of LG's emphatic commitment to Microsoft and would help the Korean company develop apps customized for its hardware. While it has publicly committed to Windows Mobile, LG had created minor doubt over its loyalty as it has produced the GW620 and likely future devices that use Android. [via MobileTechWorld]

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001


    monkey see, monkey do

    what's Apple doing? Let's do that!

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: Nov 2006


    MS Mobile Devices

    Android and iPhone on the rise, Win Mobile is on the downhill. They need solution quick before it disappears. Xbox comes to the rescue because it's the most popular game console thanks to its built-in social network for keeping and comparing game scores among others gamers across the internet. WinMobile and Zune need to piggy-back-ride on Xbox's network Infrastructure to stay alive (hopefully). It sounds like Microsoft's final bet on mobile devices.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    another game of 'follow the leader'

    And eat Apple's dust.

    Lose Mobile...Loser Mobile.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Following apple?

    Exactly how is this 'following apple'? Or is it just a "the iPhone has games. Now MS wants to add more games! Ergo, following apple!" line of thinking, disregarding the fact that other phones had games before Apple even released theirs.

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