Analysis: Xbox Live - The Killer App For Windows Phone 7?

Following Microsoft's new details on Windows Phone 7, Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris talks to the company and analysts to examine how Xbox Live may help the smartphone OS thrive.

Microsoft’s gamble with Windows Phone 7 is anything but a sure bet – but the inclusion of Xbox Live as a prominent part of the operating system could be the ace up the company’s sleeve.

Mobile gaming has been evolving rapidly over the past three years – and tying it to a service that has been so phenomenally successful for Microsoft could position the company to regain market share.

Execution will be critical, though. And judging by what Microsoft was saying and showing at its launch event in New York City Monday, it could go either way.

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