Microsoft's Windows Vista predicted to Usher in New Era of Gameplay


New operating system to deliver immersive experience for 80+ million Windows platform gamers worldwide

Microsoft Corporation has recently announced that an extended line-up of gaming titles, technologies and partner support will accompany its premier gaming platform, Windows Vista. The move will enhance the gaming capabilities for PC owners when Windows Vista is launched in the United States on January 30.

The announcement was made at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world's largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology. During the event, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates demonstrated the networking capabilities of Windows Vista-based games with an Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, highlighting the ability of gamers to play and communicate online across multiple gaming platforms.

Commenting on the launch, Armagan Demir, Head of Entertainment and Devices Division Middle East, Microsoft said, "The countdown has begun for a new era of gameplay, as Windows Vista will usher in a revolutionary user experience that allows more players to connect in more ways. With an increasing amount being spent on software development in the Middle East, gaming has really matured in the region during the past few years."
"When Windows Vista is introduced in the Middle East within the next few months, gamers will enjoy optimizations that will result in a vibrant and immerse gaming experience," Demir added.

Windows Vista-based 'Games For Windows' will be launched in conjunction with the new operating system and will leverage the enhanced capabilities of Microsoft DirectX 10 to bring gamers the benefits of a high graphics and sound fidelity and enriched gameplay features. Windows Vista will also cater to the casual game player, as updated versions of classic games can be downloaded or included with the system.

Microsoft Windows is the world's most popular operating system for games, delivering the widest range of titles, the most gaming hardware choices and advanced gaming technology for players of all types. The 'Games for Windows' platform offers gamers an innovative gaming experience as developments in technology have redefined conventional game features.

"With its cross-platform capabilities, Windows Vista will redefine what it means to conquer a game and share accomplishments with friends. The operating system's advanced graphics and technologically advanced features make it perfectly positioned to be the catalyst for major renovation within many sectors servicing the gaming industry," Demir concluded.

About Games for Windows
Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system in the world for games, delivering the widest range of titles, the most gaming hardware choices, and advanced gaming technology for players of all types. With Windows as the cornerstone, the Games for Windows platform offers publishers and gamers the most enjoyable and innovative gaming experiences available on a PC. More information can be found online at www.gamesforwindows.com.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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