Microsoft® to Incorporate XBOX LIVE® Features with Windows® Phone 7 Update
Powers Mango with add-ons, 3D avatars and many more games
This will surely put a smile on the faces of all ardent mobile gamers. Software giant Microsoft Corp. has plans to integrate the latest XBOX LIVE features into the soon to be launched Windows Phone 7 update codenamed Mango. Windows Phone 7 is the mobile operating system, which is developed and owned by Microsoft.
Microsoft made the announcement at the annual Gamescom Conference in Cologne, Germany on August 16, 2011. And to add teeth to the statement, the Richmond, Washington-based company also previewed the XBOX LIVE titles and features that it plans to integrate with Windows Phone 7. XBOX LIVE, as most of us might be aware of, is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service of Microsoft.
Mango already has a new look, cleaner and lighter design, and improvements in overall speed and performance as compared to the previous Windows Phone 7 versions. The mobile OS also includes features such as 3D avatars with fun animations in the Games Hub, the gaming section of Windows 7.
The features announced by Microsoft during the conference include:
• Avatar Awardables: These are items which your 3D avatar can wear just like a badge of honor.
• Game Add-ons: Gamers can purchase add-ons that would enhance the position of a player while in the middle of the game. Gamers can do so with Microsoft Points, the currency of the XBOX LIVE marketplace.
• Parental Controls: With Mango up and running on smart phones, parents would get the flexibility to control the content which their wards can access via the smart phones.
• Fast Async: It is the new XBOX LIVE service with which gamers would get improved game play for multiplayer and turn-by-turn games.
In addition to this, the XBOX team of Microsoft also unveiled new XBOX LIVE titles, which would be the part of Windows Phone OS in the coming months. These include ‘Beards & Beaks: Cave Area’, ‘Bud Village’, ‘Collapse!’, and ‘Farm Frenzy 2’ to name a few.
With all these features included, Microsoft intends to give more teeth to its mobile phone OS business. In the coming months, the company plans to compete more aggressively with the likes of iPhone OS from Apple and Android OS from Google.