Speaking to The Seattle Times, Mike Delman, Microsoft’s vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit confirmed that Windows 8 will include Xbox LIVE integration.
“Live will be built into the PC,” said Mike Delman, Global Marketing VP of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business group, in an interview with the Seattle Times. “It will be the service where you get your entertainment.”
He claimed Xbox Live’s integration into the Windows Phone 7 mobile OS starting last October has been successful, and added, “You will not just see consoles and handhelds at E3 next year, this show’s going to morph into other devices.”
When asked if Xbox Live will be a cloud media service for PCs, Windows Phones, and Xbox 360s, the executive responded that it will be “the pervasive media service across devices”.
This will be fairly significant since Windows 8 is being designed with tablet PC devices in mind.
Much like with their line of Windows Phone 7 devices, XBL integration into the devices right from the very start will mean great opportunities for gamers as well as ease of use for the huge number of developers who are already very comfortable with development on Microsoft’s platforms.