Microsoft announced a new service called Live Anywhere. It will be available as part of Windows Vista:
"It means that you have one online community," Gates said in a news conference. "This platform can really unleash developers to do amazing new things."
The system would extend the company's existing Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360 console into millions of Internet-enabled PCs and cellular phones. No pricing information on the new service was announced.
In recent months, Microsoft has been pushing a number of online services that it hopes will boost revenue as markets for its traditional software become increasingly saturated. The company expects to make money off such efforts through a mixture of subscription fees and advertising.