Microsoft Not Dropping GFWL

Since Microsoft plans to include Xbox LIVE functionality in Windows 8, Neogamr approached them asking if this meant a possible end to the Games for Windows LIVE service, since there is some obvious overlap between the two. The reply was no, offering the perspective that Age of Empires Online and "Microsoft Flight" are targeted at "the core PC gamer." Here's word:
Answer is no, Microsoft continues to support the Games for Windows platform, but we are making new investments in Metro style games. For the core PC gamer we launched “Age of Empires Online” last year and “Microsoft Flight” on February 29.

When it comes to the living room, Xbox 360 was the number one selling connected TV device in 2011 and we have 40 million Xbox LIVE members. We are committed to delivering extraordinary entertainment experiences across devices in a uniquely connected way. Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 is a milestone in that journey. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ll get a taste of some of the features we’re bringing with Xbox on Windows, but we’ll have more to share later this year as we get closer to launch.
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Creston wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 12:31:
So does MS really think they're going to sell 50 million tables with Win8 or something? Well, I guess maybe they do; Balmer is arrogant and stupid enough to believe that.

Creston


The idea somewhat makes sense. What's part of the reason everyone using iOS is addicted to iOS? All their apps are there. So if you make the apps now available on the desktop then suddenly they'll want THAT ecosystem to be portable.

But there are flaws:
- It sacrifices the desktop/laptop for the tablet
- It ignores that what makes a program successful on one is unlikely to make it successful on the other (e.g., direct ports miss the strength of whichever platform)
- It ignores that a HUGE part of Apple's success is good hardware. I'm no Mac fan, but the iPad is leaps and bounds above anything an Android tablet manufacturer has done. I'd expect it to be worse with Windows 8 tablets, I mean, just look at the nightmare Ultrabooks have become. Intel wanted to create a MacBook Air competitor standard, instead it's just anything being tagged as an Ultrabook.

There's plenty of room for another tablet manufacturer, and Google isn't making good headway like they did in phones. Microsoft needs to gamble to get in. But gambling their bread and butter just seems dumb.



But I also don't get the sheer panic over Metro. Like some of the posts here. People ignore that Metro is one of two GUIs. If it isn't adopted by users it won't be adopted by app makers and will die a slow death (which is more or less what I expect.) If cool things happen on the other side I'm ok with it. If there's any kind of new memory management I'm ok with it.
Metro is clearly a huge regression (away from Windows!) but I'd never expect to use it in Windows 8 outside of a phone or tablet. Ever. No chance in hell I'm firing it up on a desktop or laptop other than at first install to rubberneck.
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