08/08/2012 06:09 BST | Updated 07/10/2012 06:12 BST

Xbox Coming To Windows (Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

Microsoft is bringing Xbox to Windows.

Via Minesweeper.

An Xbox gaming blog found references to the console brand in Windows 8, the upcoming reboot of the world's most-used operating system.

Making reference to 'Xbox Windows', the code was found in the new versions of Microsoft staples Minesweeper, Solitaire and Mahjong.

Images with the new branding were also found.

The news indicates that Microsoft will continue to integrate its console, mobile and desktop brands, and hints at a wider role for gaming in its overall strategy.

It also appears it will drop the 'Games for Windows Live' brand it has used in desktops until now.

Windows 8 is currently scheduled for release in October.


Meanwhile, Microsoft says that a reference by an executive to a 'new Xbox' in The Verge podcast was a mistake.

Brian Hall, general manager of Windows Live, told The Verge that the new Outlook product was invented with "the new version of Office, with the New Windows Phone and the new Xbox" in mind.

However Microsoft said on Tuesday that Hall was actually referencing updates due to hit the Xbox in the autumn.

"The comments to The Verge were not understood in their intended context," the company said.

"When Brian mentioned a 'new wave of products,' he was referring to the full lineup of products coming later this year from Microsoft, including Windows 8, Office, Windows Phone and of course our fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass."