Microsoft Play, a new service that offer a tighter integration with Xbox Live games and the company’s Windows platform allows users play Xbox Live games on any Windows 8 device.
The intent behind Play is to house game titles that are playable on the Xbox 360, as well as other Microsoft products such as Windows 8 and Windows RT. For example, you could play a game on your Xbox, and resume where you left off on your Surface!
There are currently fifteen game titles available including: “Skulls of the Shogun, Wordament, Pinball FX2, and Rocket Riot 3D,” among others. And, most, of these games run on both Windows 8 and Windows RT.
“Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today!,” read the official site of Microsoft Play.
Windows Startup Challenge, a joint effort between Startup Weekend, DEMO and Windows–launched today, focuses on helping startup developers take an app from the prototype phase, through design and development, and finally to a great launch.
“If you are just starting out as a Windows Store app developer, this challenge will test your ability to prototype a business idea and bring your app to life,” Microsoft stated.
“The top 5 teams will each receive a promo package which includes banners, marketing and PR support from Microsoft and an opportunity to launch their app to a global audience at the DEMO Mobile stage on April 17th in front of top tier seed investors, VCs, and tech press,” the company adds.
The contest entry period for the first stage ends on January 29 and the second stage ends on March 1st. Check out the Official Rules here.