Microsoft is said to be bringing a bigger focus to PC gaming in the Windows 8. According to anonymous sources, "Windows 8 will represent a "real new" push into PC gaming" by Microsoft, as well as "Gaming will be a key component for the whole OS."
Slides that leaked onto the Web earlier this year hinted at a variety of features, including a digital software marketplace that would let users purchase and install Windows software.
Over the years Microsoft has been involved with several similar efforts--both through its own marketplace software with Games for Windows Live, as well as its recently refreshed Web downloads store to offer gamers a way to buy and manage games. And beginning with Vista, Microsoft made a serious push at making games a more central part of the Windows experience by tweaking its file Explorer system to turn the games menu into more of an entertainment hub.
Perhaps then, this gaming push could be deeper integration of the kind of features found on Xbox Live platform, something that PC gamers can now get a taste of--though not without first downloading and installing client software. Taking that extra step out of the process, and building that interactivity in at a system level could certainly go a long way toward giving gaming a higher profile.