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Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox dashboard update showcased by Microsoft

Microsoft is all ready to announce its latest operating system, Windows 8, on the 26th of this month, which is this Friday. And with that announcement, the company is expected to show off many more new and exciting improvements to its existing services, and introduce new services. Apple is also holding an event on the 29th of this month, and the expected outcome of the event is the announcement of the much awaited iPad Mini. And with the iPad Mini, the Cupertino tech giant might also unveil some improvements to its Air Play feature. Even if not, Microsoft wants to compete with Apple on this front.

Giving users of your smart phone, tablet, computer, and a good flat screen smart TV the option to view every content from each and every device on the flat screen TV is awesome. Suppose that you are browsing the internet on your tablet and want to view it on the big screen. Instead of going to your desktop computer, you can just stream the content from your tablet to your flat screen smart TV. And if you are playing an awesome game on your smart phone, you can take that as well to the big screen in your living room.

Microsoft is going to announce a new service which will make this possible, and that is called the Smart Glass. This is a new app on your Windows Phone 8 smart phones and tablets. Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division, said in a blog post that the new app is part of why, as Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer promised, 2012 will be “the most epic year in Microsoft’s history.”

Mehdi writes:

“We are bringing the web to the TV like never before with Internet Explorer, launching a brand new music service, and making it even easier to find the entertainment you love using Kinect and Bing voice search. This release is the next step in our journey to transform Xbox 360 from a games console to an all-in-one entertainment system.”

Source: Venture Beat