Microsoft working on Xbox LIVE for next-gen Windows Mobile

Microsoft has confirmed it's working on Xbox LIVE integration for future Windows Mobile devices.

In a job posting for a LIVE engagement program manager, the software giant hints at what is being planned. "We need a Principle Program Manager who can help drive the platform and bring Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile. This person will focus specifically on what makes gaming experiences "LIVE Enabled" through aspects such as avatar integration, social interactions, and multi-screen experiences."

Mobile Tech World spotted the job listing alongside another which details a role "working directly with a top Korean cellular phone manufacturer, who has made a large commitment to Windows Mobile." Clearly this is a subtle reference to LG. The confirmation of a close relationship with LG only adds to speculation regarding next weeks CES announcement by Sprint. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is due to hold a joint press conference with LG and Sprint shortly after his opening keynote next Wednesday. It is rumored that Sprint will unveil a WiMax smart phone manufactured by LG.

Microsoft also confirmed the existence of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 which is expected to be released shortly. Windows Mobile 7 is expected "late next year" after a Microsoft official confirmed the time frame earlier this month. In September this year, Microsoft confirmed that the current team of 1,000 developers, working on Windows Mobile 7, are planning to feature social networks as a key element of Windows Mobile 7. Since September it has been quiet on the Windows Mobile 7 front. Microsoft officials confirmed they would talk about Windows Mobile 7 at the upcoming MIX 2010 conference in March next year.

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I can't wait for Google and Apple to introduce their X-Box killers. Microsoft will be in big trouble then. Just look what damage Google did to Microsoft when they brought out their FREE Office.

greatscot said,
I can't wait for Google and Apple to introduce their X-Box killers. Microsoft will be in big trouble then.

Apple already tried and failed. In any case, there's a fairly big leap to get into gaming. Google has no experience in it, no platform for it, and no hardware. Apple has all three, but would be competing on a very direct level with MS, and does not stand much chance, unless it drastically improves OSX's gaming credentials.

greatscot said,
Just look what damage Google did to Microsoft when they brought out their FREE Office.

Not much?

I'm currently an Android fan. Can MS win me back? Not likely, but we'll see.

This could get interesting though. If they can integrate Zune and Xbox services into Windows Mobile... they could have a great product. Assuming they don't screw something up.

IMHO integrated services on its own won't save WinMo. They need to improve the UI (they are already doing this with 6.5.3) and performance (responsiveness) of the OS.

georgevella said,
IMHO integrated services on its own won't save WinMo. They need to improve the UI (they are already doing this with 6.5.3) and performance (responsiveness) of the OS.

The performance problems are 99% due to the crappy processors that have been in use for the past 3 years! The same old Qualcomm MSM7200 series always sucked, even at release. Windows Mobile with 1GHz Snapdragon processors is really fast.

mrp04 said,
The performance problems are 99% due to the crappy processors that have been in use for the past 3 years! The same old Qualcomm MSM7200 series always sucked, even at release. Windows Mobile with 1GHz Snapdragon processors is really fast.

Exactly. The performance issues are phone related. The iPhone for example doesn't have to worry about that because they control the hardware and only have to support one phone...

georgevella said,
IMHO integrated services on its own won't save WinMo. They need to improve the UI (they are already doing this with 6.5.3) and performance (responsiveness) of the OS.

Yes, and it appears Microsoft is working on both of those issues. But features are important as well. I'm glad to see Microsoft taking Windows mobile seriously again. I can't wait to see what exactly they have planned.

Microsoft has been neglecting its "Windows" edge in the market with Windows Mobile for awhile now. If we see some seamless integration between MS products and Windows Mobile there may be something to talk about.

Faisal Islam said,
Future Windows Modile? Huh? I don't see it's (Windows Mobile's) future. lolz

That is simply a ridiculous statement.

It'll be interesting to see how integrated they can get this with XBL and the 360 in general. But it's a smart move and makes sense.

GP007 said,
It'll be interesting to see how integrated they can get this with XBL and the 360 in general. But it's a smart move and makes sense.

Yeah, I'm curious what this really means. I'm not sure what part XBox Live can play on a cell phone.