Microsoft has been getting kicked in the face over the iPhone since the device's burst onto the mobile scene. Suddenly, Windows Mobile devices are seemingly unattractive. Fortunately, they've found a niche that will bring them back into relevancy, and has the potential to bury the iPhone as the premier device for mobile gaming. Windows 7 Phone is set to become the new standard of putting videos games on mobile phones.
Windows 7 Phone is a mobile operating system that will support essentially every chipset from every smartphone that's to come in the near future. The idea is that Microsoft develops a platform that will not require a lot of heavy revisions in the forseeable future, a mistake they made with many previous versions of Windows Mobile. With this, they can leverage the advantage they already have in the console video game market.
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By integrating Xbox Live into Windows Phone 7, Microsoft will allow themselves the opportunity to create countless forms of video game integration into handsets that carry the operating system. Games could be made specifically for the Windows Phone 7 platform, or have mobilized versions of popular console games that are offered on the Xbox 360. By doing that, Microsoft cuts the legs off Apple, who has merely provided a mobile device with a graphical interface that is capable of handling some of the best mobile gaming graphics ever seen.
If the future of gaming lies within mobile, Microsoft has taken a great step into getting a huge market share. Apple's AppStore was a proving ground for several years for the mobile gaming industry, and they haven't done much to improve on the formula. If Microsoft successfully offers developers a platform that integrates with consoles, they will certainly have the upper hand.
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