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Microsoft launched an official Xbox LIVE app in Apple's App Store that features some of the functionality found on the Xbox 360 console besides gameplay, brings look and feel of Windows Phone to iOS devices.

A day after the launch of a Dashboard update to Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console on Tuesday, the company released its first iOS app that can access content from the Xbox LIVE service, named My Xbox LIVE.

The Xbox LIVE service has become a major part of Microsoft's bid for customers' living rooms, and leverages the console's processing power to stream movies, TV shows and other media rich content to HDTVs. Initially, LIVE was the platform's hub for multiplayer gaming, but has now grown into a digital content provider and aggregation system with partners like Hulu Plus and Netflix.

While an iOS client has been a long time coming, as the App Store has seen numerous workaround programs that access at least some LIVE content like friends lists, the official app is effectively a port of the built-in app for Windows Phone 7 right down to the fonts.

The overall layout and structure of My Xbox LIVE is user friendly, and incorporates familiar iOS swipe functionality with the tiled UI from Microsoft's smartphone platform. Icons and UI animations like fading in and out of menus smacks of Windows Phone, but is executed well with smooth transitions and seamless loading of graphics.

In the app, users can access friends lists, game data, messages and beacons through three main menus: "Home," "Social" and "Games."

"Home" highlights a handful of scrollable videos that, when clicked, will open in the iOS video player, as well as select interactive polls. The "Social" page features the only tiled selective menu, allowing users to see which friends are online, read messages or access the newly-created game beacon system. "Games" offers a list of recently played titles along with in-game achievements and points earned.

Screenshots of My Xbox LIVE for iOS on iPhone 4S

Microsoft's iPad version of the program is similar in layout, but is optimized to take advantage of the larger screen, showing more content and detail.

Released alongside the iOS app was an update to the native Windows Phone client, boasting increased functionality including an enhanced remote control system that allows users to select content via their smartphone and play it through the console.

Although not as robust as the Windows Phone version, the iOS app is meant for thoe who happen to own an Xbox 360 and an iPhone or iPad.
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Wow call CNN. They need to know how important this is. Microsoft has released something that is gonna change our lives forever.
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I like what Microsoft have done with their UI. It's very easy to bash them, but they are actually becoming somewhat innovative in their old age.
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MS has been making some great stuff lately. I hope they can keep it up.

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I'm not really sure what the point of this app is. I haven't seen much in the way of xbox-live content that isn't available (without a Live subscription) in iOS-native applications. I was hoping this would allow me to control and play streamed content through the XBOX, but that apparently requires the Windows Phone version of the XBOX application. Sigh...

Then again, I suppose Microsoft should be praised for releasing an iOS application that interfaces at all with their console. I don't see Apple ever releasing a Windows Phone app to control an AppleTV (and probably wouldn't even if there were more than 27 non-Microsoft employees using a Windows Phone).
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MS has been making some great stuff lately. I hope they can keep it up.

LOL The mods might eliminate your vertical sig similar to how they nixed DaHarder's ability to [/CENTER]

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LOL The mods might eliminate your vertical sig similar to how they nixed DaHarder's ability to [/CENTER]

If you get into a serious debate with someone about a hot topic, your sig could make the page so long we'll have to scroll 30 feet just to get to the bottom!

That's my plan. I'm trying to bring an end to the excessive large sigs used by ConradJoe et al. by pointing out their obnoxiousness. Join me in OCCUPY SIGNATURE.

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I like what Microsoft have done with their UI. It's very easy to bash them, but they are actually becoming somewhat innovative in their old age.

The UI is fine for this. The problem is they will try to force the metro UI on absolutely everything. Just like they forced their MDI and funky sidebar on everything in Windows XP. Microsoft doesn't get useability. They come up with something generic and they think they can apply it to everything.
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So big friggen deal. People want to praise Microsoft for doing this. I tell you what when Microsoft comes out with an operating system that is not based on DLL and doesn't require an antivirus program I will praise them. So far the Windows 7 Home Premium that I have on my 8 Core Mac Pro takes way too long to boot up. Im my opinion Winders tried to control your computer and you have to constantly update and answer stupid questions for security reasons. My god man. Windows 8 is no better. In fact I think it is gonna be worse as in user interface.
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The UI is fine for this. The problem is they will try to force the metro UI on absolutely everything. Just like they forced their MDI and funky sidebar on everything in Windows XP. Microsoft doesn't get useability. They come up with something generic and they think they can apply it to everything.

If MS has the metro UI running beautifully on iPhone then that means iPhone users today are being trained on tomorrow's Metro UI - and this is before the Win8 phones have even launched. Very clever...
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FK Microsoft!!!! And anyone who things this is a good/great user interface must have the same problem as MSFT - Attention Deficit Disorder... For some strange reason they think a fashion magazine makes a good UI.
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That's my plan. I'm trying to bring an end to the excessive large sigs used by ConradJoe et al. by pointing out their obnoxiousness. Join me in OCCUPY SIGNATURE.

So you decide the best approach is to be obnoxious? Brightest bulb in your class were you...
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One quibble with the app. It's a beautiful interface but they mar the experience with their cheesy Windows live login screen. They couldn't style a special one for this app?
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So you decide the best approach is to be obnoxious? Brightest bulb in your class were you...

Yes I was. Reductio ad absurdum literally means "reduction to the absurd."

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So you decide the best approach is to be obnoxious? Brightest bulb in your class were you...

Soli was the only one in his class or didn't you know.
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That went well. I downloaded it just to see what I could do and got what appeared to be an embedded webpage saying, "Well, that shouldn't have happened..."

Nice.
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FK Microsoft!!!! And anyone who things this is a good/great user interface must have the same problem as MSFT - Attention Deficit Disorder... For some strange reason they think a fashion magazine makes a good UI.

Back up your assertion with examples from your extensive knowledge if UI design, please.

It's clean and simple and intuitive. If you disagree, please say why.
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You have to admit that UI makes the iOS UI look dated. Just sayin'
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That went well. I downloaded it just to see what I could do and got what appeared to be an embedded webpage saying, "Well, that shouldn't have happened..."

Nice.

Today Siri told me it didn't understand my request.

Nice.
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That's my plan. I'm trying to bring an end to the excessive large sigs used by ConradJoe et al. by pointing out their obnoxiousness. Join me in OCCUPY SIGNATURE.

So is the idea that if everyone has an obnoxious oversized signature the mods will have to put some kind of line limit on signature sizes (e.g. like 2 or 3 lines?)
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So is the idea that if everyone has an obnoxious oversized signature the mods will have to put some kind of line limit on signature sizes (e.g. like 2 or 3 lines?)

I thought the limit was 4, but that doesn't seem to be enforced, and ConradJoe's sign was obnoxious so my plan is see if they really don't have limits.

PS: The great thing about sigs is that they all change when you change them, they aren't static to each posting.

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So you decide the best approach is to be obnoxious? Brightest bulb in your class were you...

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Yes I was. Reductio ad absurdum literally means "reduction to the absurd."

Got it. It's fighting fire with fire.....and t's brilliant.....slightly obnoxious but brilliant, nonetheless.

Too bad you can't [/CENTER] it, too.

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Okay, I registered after lurking around long enough and because this topic is related to gaming and I'm a gamer. There's one thing left missing with this sentence:

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happen to own an Xbox 360 and an iPhone or iPad

It should add 'Games For Windows LIVE' after the 360. I've been gaming on the Windows side (bootcamped, iMac) and the one thing that really surprise me was that M$ 'cheated' things by claiming whoever has a GFWL account is also an Xbox LIVE user.

While this move is actually bad for business ethics though not illegal but okay though confusing for gamers.


This app, IMO, isn't bad for gamers who are on-the-go and it will reach out for more gamers that do not own a Windows phone. Heck, it's better than Sony's attempt to socialize gamers (perhaps, even Apple's).

So, to me, this is a good strategy for M$ to stay afloat in the game console competition - their championed Xbox 360 has since lost steam and running out of exclusives to attract gamers and while their sales is (suspiciously) high especially in the US, we all need to be reminded that M$ loves to cheat their way in and out. It's just the Microsoft way.
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It should add 'Games For Windows LIVE' after the 360. I've been gaming on the Windows side (bootcamped, iMac) and the one thing that really surprise me was that M$ 'cheated' things by claiming whoever has a GFWL account is also an Xbox LIVE user.

"Xbox" has become Microsoft's gaming brand.

It seems silly because the "Xbox" is the name of the actual console as well. This isn't without precedent ("Zune" is the name of a software application, a PMP and a media platform).

Windows Phone has an "Xbox Live" hub and "Xbox Live" games.

If you try to go to "Games for Windows" website it now redirects you to the "Xbox Marketplace" (for PC).

Windows 8 is set to further this approach by building in the "Xbox" branding.

Anyway my point is that an "Xbox Live" user doesn't mean someone that owns an Xbox 360, it means someone that uses Microsoft's gaming network (which happens to be branded "Xbox") on phone, PC or console.



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This app, IMO, isn't bad for gamers who are on-the-go and it will reach out for more gamers that do not own a Windows phone. Heck, it's better than Sony's attempt to socialise gamers (perhaps, even Apple's). So, to me, this is a good strategy for M$...

I think it's a great strategy.

Microsoft is a software platform company. IMO Office, Zune and Xbox should be available on all major platforms.

If Windows can't be the best platform for these services to run on then the OS team aren't doing their job.
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@ Firefly7475

I'd anticipated this move by M$ one year ago when I was discussing with in another forum thread about M$ Vista OS failure and their emergence within the game business. I actually pointed out several things that can make M$ survived - one was they need to stop developing Windows and focus on Office software and another was concentrating on LIVE since it was the sole reason the original Xbox (the big, black one) from getting thrown into a trash can.

In the present state, it looks like M$ is taking the LIVE route but with similar approach with what Apple is taking with OSX integration with iOS - only M$ creatively use the open approach to strengthen their Xbox brand whereas Apple use their own products to strengthen theirs.

Windows is M$'s black sheep. The way I see it, M$ is moving further away from it. Windows will still be on most PCs and there will still be developers for it but in this post-PC era, it's doesn't matter any longer.

OSes on multiple electronic devices, is the new hot thing nowadays and tablets and phones are just the beginning. Now there are consoles with useful OSes (as oppose to the previous generation), TVs are gonna have them so will cars and heck, even a microwave*!

* Yeah, I'm exaggerating over there but God knows what's in store in the future!
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So a selling point of windows phone is now on iOS. Good going there, Microsoft.

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Looks great on the iPad.
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@ Firefly7475

I'd anticipated this move by M$ one year ago when I was discussing with in another forum thread about M$ Vista OS failure and their emergence within the game business. I actually pointed out several things that can make M$ survived - one was they need to stop developing Windows and focus on Office software and another was concentrating on LIVE since it was the sole reason the original Xbox (the big, black one) from getting thrown into a trash can.

In the present state, it looks like M$ is taking the LIVE route but with similar approach with what Apple is taking with OSX integration with iOS - only M$ creatively use the open approach to strengthen their Xbox brand whereas Apple use their own products to strengthen theirs.

Windows is M$'s black sheep. The way I see it, M$ is moving further away from it. Windows will still be on most PCs and there will still be developers for it but in this post-PC era, it's doesn't matter any longer.

OSes on multiple electronic devices, is the new hot thing nowadays and tablets and phones are just the beginning. Now there are consoles with useful OSes (as oppose to the previous generation), TVs are gonna have them so will cars and heck, even a microwave*!

* Yeah, I'm exaggerating over there but God knows what's in store in the future!

I'm gonna agree with this statement as well.

MS also just recently stated that they will be releasing the code for Office so that it can also be retrofitted (hopefully rewritten!) for ARM processors, including iOS and Android. I as well as others here have stated that is exactly what MS should have done a couple of years ago.

I think MS has finally realized that their OS, and the ever-present legacy app compatibility, is what's holding them back from seriously competing in the new era we are in. I think we could also state as fact, that they are not making as much money as they would like to, due to business/enterprise sitting on legacy software for 10 years or longer (WinXP).

I have a client at the moment that absolutely refuses to use Win7, and I just about lost him as a client because I installed all of his software on a new Mac running Parallels and Win7. Even after assuring him this was the way to go, everything worked (sign-cutting, Xerox Doc drivers, etc), and even making Win7 look like WinNT/95 (his preference... egads!), well... he made me pull it and install WinXP-SP3. I would say for absolutely no good reason, and THAT is what MS is up against.

Too many people with the saying stuck in their head, quote, "Don't fix what's not broke"... even though, IMO, WinXP is seriously broke at this point in time.

I'm still "betting" on Win8, especially the mobile side of things, being a big hit.... and taking back users and marketshare from Google's advertising-platform "efforts".

Apple will be and stay where they've always been: in the hands of people that value productivity, aesthetics, and "just works" effortlessly... so I'm not afraid in the least of an MS "Spring Rising"
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I'm not really sure what the point of this app is. I haven't seen much in the way of xbox-live content that isn't available (without a Live subscription) in iOS-native applications. I was hoping this would allow me to control and play streamed content through the XBOX, but that apparently requires the Windows Phone version of the XBOX application. Sigh...

Then again, I suppose Microsoft should be praised for releasing an iOS application that interfaces at all with their console. I don't see Apple ever releasing a Windows Phone app to control an AppleTV (and probably wouldn't even if there were more than 27 non-Microsoft employees using a Windows Phone).

The point of this is to give you an app to interact with Xbox live. Tweak your live settings, send and receive xbox messages, edit your avatar and catch up on Xbox video content.

If you have an Xbox it is well worth downloading.
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So a selling point of windows phone is now on iOS. Good going there, Microsoft.

If it's not apparent to you, MS is trying to be more like Apple... and they realize that Google is their enemy, much more than Apple ever was. Even in those times, it was only the "sales staff" now in power that thought that way. While BG maybe was a cunning little ass**** geek weasel, he still respected SJ and Apple immensely. OK.... where else to get your next insanely great idea?

Win8/Nokia phones will do just fine on their own outside of America.

Android is in the business of creating increasingly bad-news headlines here in Europe, and the regulators are getting ready to do a big-time crackdown. While this has been rumored before, I have an inside track to the top dog at ******, sorry, can't say that , and believe me, summer 2012 is gonna be the unraveling of Google and Android.

The silly open source geeks are gonna be running amok in the streets pulling their hair out and flogging themselves with their "droids"... gonna be fun
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Android is in the business of creating increasingly bad-news headlines here in Europe, and the regulators are getting ready to do a big-time crackdown. While this has been rumored before, I have an inside track to the top dog at ******, sorry, can't say that , and believe me, summer 2012 is gonna be the unraveling of Google and Android.

Wishful thinking?


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MS also just recently stated that they will be releasing the code for Office so that it can also be retrofitted (hopefully rewritten!) for ARM processors, including iOS and Android.

Microsoft releasing Office source code? Really? Source?
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I thought the limit was 4, but that doesn't seem to be enforced, and ConradJoe's sign was obnoxious so my plan is see if they really don't have limits.

PS: The great thing about sigs is that they all change when you change them, they aren't static to each posting.

Hey SolipsX, simplest thing would be to put said individual in your Ignore list. I did that long ago and have no idea how big his sig is.

I really have no idea how guys like you, TallestSkil and Dick Applebaum have the patience to interact with some of the trolls.
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I think this is a good move. Microsoft need to get back to being a software company that produces software for more than just there platform.

Apple advertises the fact that there devices work with each other really well. Amazon has made the Kindle a success by showing that it works accross all devices really well. Microsoft need to do the same thing, every service they have needs to work accross all platforms, thats the key to success and will give them an advantage over Apple.

Next I'd like to see a Zune client for iOS that works with the Zune pass. At the moment it doesn't make sense, people could have an Xbox, PC but then an iPhone and iPad. The Zune pass needs to work on all 4 not just 2.
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So big friggen deal. People want to praise Microsoft for doing this. I tell you what when Microsoft comes out with an operating system that is not based on DLL and doesn't require an antivirus program I will praise them. So far the Windows 7 Home Premium that I have on my 8 Core Mac Pro takes way too long to boot up. Im my opinion Winders tried to control your computer and you have to constantly update and answer stupid questions for security reasons. My god man. Windows 8 is no better. In fact I think it is gonna be worse as in user interface.

I have to agree with you in principle on this one. While perhaps a little off-topic, to my way of thinking there's too much emphasis placed on an operating system. It should be technologically transparent, facilitate user to application interface, and not require frequent and multiple interventions (e.g., updates, verifications, pop-up warnings and notifications, etc).

As to this majorcrap iOS App, to my way of thinking it's merely a new component in the windows/outlook/office virus proliferation platform. Not to mention the interface is a typical Redmond make-it-look-purdy to cover the fact that it has minimal functionality.
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Thank God, because I really need to experience WIndows on my iOS device!
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If MS has the metro UI running beautifully on iPhone then that means iPhone users today are being trained on tomorrow's Metro UI - and this is before the Win8 phones have even launched. Very clever...

The "look and feel" of iTunes for Windows is what made me a switcher (back in 2004 as I recall) after 10 years on the fence while using DOS and Windows.

Turnabout would only be fair play......

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You have to admit that UI makes the iOS UI look dated. Just sayin'

It makes it clear that UI design will never reach any "ultimate" state - and there's room for new approaches to keep evolving - wherever they come from. I'd hate to see the post-Jobs Apple ever "rest on their laurels."

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I don't mind the interface. I also think it is smart to model it off Windows Phone 7. Yet, I find aspects to be steps backwards. I find it taking longer to do things because it takes longer to scroll to places like video, which I is what I use the X-Box mostly for. There eis a quick launch, which when I beomce accustomed to using might help.

Moreover, I will not use Kinect to control the console. For instance, pointing my arm at a panel and waiting for the little circle thing to go around takes to much effort. The improvements let you do more with Kinect, but it still is far faster to just use the controller.


Moreover, the Netflix app has been redesigned for Kinect. I understand why as it couldn't' be used very well with Kinect before, and the new design probably is better for Kinect. However, for the rest of us who aren't going to use Kinect to control Netflix, I don't like the new design. It isn't as intuitive to do things like rate movies.



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Back up your assertion with examples from your extensive knowledge if UI design, please.

It's clean and simple and intuitive. If you disagree, please say why.
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