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Microsoft News Byte: At Long Last, Microsoft Launches Xbox Music for the Web


Microsoft's long-awaited Xbox Music for the Web has finally launched and allows users to stream "millions of songs" from within the browser. The service is available on Xbox and Windows 8.

Windows 8 is now the third most-used operating-system in the world, according to market tracker Net Applications. In June, Windows 8 scored 5.1 percent of all desktop OS-Web traffic, helping Microsoft's latest OS finally leapfrog over Windows Vista, which grabbed a 4.62 percent share.

Like the audiophile who spends serious money on her music, the ludophile spends aplenty on games and consoles. Both want perfection. The question for the games industry, however, is whether perfection is really the goal any more. With Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo just releasing new gaming consoles at the E3 Conference, to chase that market is very expensive, and although gamers may not like to hear it, good-enough seems like a better goal industry-wise in the long run.