Microsoft Releases Xbox LIVE App For iOS Users

Microsoft today released its Xbox LIVE app for iOS platform. The app is similar in functionality to Xbox LIVE hub in Windows Phones.

This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console. Some of the features include:

  • Read and send messages to friends
  • Manage your friends list, invite new friends
  • Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto)
  • Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet
  • View and compare your achievement progress with friends
You can download the app here from the Apple App Store.  

I think Microsoft is giving away one of its exclusive apps on Windows Phone platform. May be Microsoft has a different strategy in mind  ! !

via: Major Nelson

  • Keninger Kene

    It’s a big mistake to give away an exlusive WP7 App to iOS!!!

    • rsgx

      2 sides to look at it, but I’m still on the fence about this decision.

      I think Live! functionality should be entirely limited to the WP7 platform.

      • Mike Wayman

        completely agree. if you want to bring xbox users to windows phone don’t hand functionality they want over to another OS.

      • Anonymous

        MS has to convince IOS users back to their ecosystem … and Xbox would be one first step.

        So it’s more likely to get an IOS user to buy an (Kinect) Xbox than to drive one to a WP7.5 … but the more Xboxes are out, the more WP75s an Win8s can be generated …

    • LaMar aka Big Slim

      They still cannot earn achievements while they game. That’s exclusivity right there. Teaser maybe? If you want the FULL experience, you’ll just have to get a Windows Phone! 😉

      Let’s try to look at the bigger picture. MS has a broader range of products to support than just WP7 (XBox). I think this is just another plus for XBox owners.

      I think WP7 will be fine even if other platforms just get the social aspects of XBox Live.

  • Gordan

    If they keep this up ill have no reason to upgrade my optimus7 with a wp7 phone… i think its a great mistake, whats next? people hub? a messaging app with facebook integration… truly dissapointed…

  • RWalrond

    I agree, Microsoft has just given away one of the reasons as a gamer you might consider WP7. I’ve personally used XBOX live integration as a way to sell WP7.
    I hope Microsoft has another ace up its sleeve, cause it’s hard enough being WP7 without giving things to the enemy.

  • Albertleao

    This is absolutely ridiculous. You took the sole best reason for having a WP7 and gave it to iOS users.

  • Vincent Santillo

    They are not running XBOX Live Games, only the Hub. I understand the hesitation, but this is an extension of the profile and messaging aspects of XBOX Live, which only increases it’s value as a communications platform. All good. You’ll still be earning achievements on your WP7.

    PS I loved my Samsung Focus and am thrilled with the Focus S

  • Roman Jasho

    This is not a good news.
    A couple months ago I read about the great PhotoSynth app coming to iPhone, Microsoft claiming it will be available for WP7 soon after Mango release. But it’s still not available. And now one of the coolest feature of WP7 is going to iPhone? Seriously?

  • Kieran Kelly

    Tried it on my iPad it’s just so much faster than the windows phone version and so much better looking

  • Wemberg Carlo Estil

    It is not fully featured and there is also an iPad app only the windows phone version app can control the Xbox we still have the exclusivity

    • Ef Jay

      The ios app can set beacons, which you cant do on WP7.

  • Meekermoloko

    Wow, Microsoft.  One less thing to show what the WP7 can do that the iPhone can’t.  You already gave them OneNote, now this.  I can understand Bing and Live Messenger, but this was something I actually showed off to my friends in order to consider the phone.  Why don’t you just give them Xbox Live, Zune Pass and Office and get it over with?  I understand that this is to try and get more 360 people, but seriously … how many are gonna use this app who don’t already own an Xbox?

  • Anonymous

    Xbox Live games on Windows Phone give only very few points compared to Xbox Live games on Xbox console, but the main differentiator was indeed native Microsoft’s own Xbox app on Windows Phone.

    Now there is really no reason to buy Windows Phone at all.

    PS. I am very angry that Photosynth for Windows Phone still not available (but available for iPhone). Very very angry about it.

    PPS. no skype for windows phone but available for android and iphone

    PPS. no built-in screen-capture on windows phone (no I am not going to jailbreak, i mean standard one) so I can’t share screenshots on twitter.

  • Meekermoloko

    I’m wondering if it’s mainly to get more Xbox users to buy stuff for their avatar.

  • Ef Jay

    Completely boneheaded move, only exclusive feature WP7 has now is office, once that’s on ios can anyone at microsoft give one good reason to buy a WP7 device?

    MS have just provided one HUGE reason NOT to buy a WP7, great job!

    • Thomas Bundgaard

      Not true. Xbox Live Games on WP has achievements.

    • TV ϟ

      And Zune Pass… but many people don’t use that…. we still have live tiles though!

  • Carl-Eric Lebie
    • Thomas Bundgaard

      It is. The xbox hub on iOS has nothing to do with the Xbox Companion.

  • Micarnal

    There is a lot people saying they don’t like this move. My belief is Microsoft is doing this so  that IOS users get hooked on these apps. Once hooked Microsoft will start to limit these apps features and you can only get the full functionality on WP7/8. 

  • Really?!

    So everything I could do on my windows phone yesterday I can do today on the iphone?  Way to pee on your own fire Microsoft.  You better load that app up with WP7 adds.

  • Anonymous

    Microsoft is Doing well by not creating a monopoly