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SmartGlass hits Xbox as Windows 8 hits desktops

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(Read caption) Microsoft introduced Xbox SmartGlass, which syncs with Windows 8 devices, at an event this summer. SmartGlass will officially launch this week, Microsoft says.

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After months of hype, Microsoft will finally launch the Windows 8 OS at a press event on Friday. 

And according to Microsoft's Larry Hryb, the company will also use the occasion to officially release SmartGlass, a new application designed to sync Windows-powered devices with the Xbox 360 gaming console. Think of SmartGlass as a kind of remote control. With the app, users can stream Xbox Live videos and music, as well as control certain aspects of Xbox games. 

Microsoft has positioned SmartGlass as a "second portal" into gaming, and Hryb says it will support a range of games at launch, including Ascend, Forza Horizon, and Halo Waypoint. (More games will be added in coming months.) In addition, streaming content from the NBA, the UFC, ESPN, and HBO Go streaming video content will also be available. 


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