Microsoft Game Hub Makes Casual Gaming Social

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new social gaming portal called the Microsoft Game Hub that primarily integrates three of the company’s offerings – Bing Games, MSN Games and Windows Live Messenger. The company had to rebuild the MSN Games section while updating the Live Messenger to integrate the offering. Bing Games has been extended to more countries namely, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The new Microsoft Game Hub will let users search and play any of the games from these older portals while connecting with their friends over the Live Messenger. This is basically casual gaming gone social. Explaining the move, Michael Wolf, the senior marketing manager for XBox Product Marketing said,

“With today’s announcements, we’ve made it easier to find and play the games you love while connecting to the people who matter most to you. We’re driving that experience across multiple platforms so millions of players can share their experiences with their social circles.”

As the company has put it on the media statement, Solitaire does not have to be solitary any more!

Windows 7 Is Microsoft’s Fastest Selling Operating System

Microsoft launched its newest OS, Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. In just over 6 months, the company claims to have sold over 100 million licenses making it the fastest selling Microsoft Operating System ever.

Making the announcement, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said that with this, Windows 7 was now available in one out of every 10 PCs in the world and that the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system “continues to be a growth engine“.

Windows Touch – the touchscreen version of Microsoft Windows 7 was launched just last week and is expected to propel the growth even further.

[via Silicon]