Microsoft partners with Agawi to bring cloud gaming to Windows 8

Set to utilise Windows Azure

Microsoft partners with Agawi to bring cloud gaming to Windows 8
Days after the launch of the latest version of its games streaming service, cloud gaming platform Agawi has signed a potentially lucrative partnership with Microsoft.

The deal will see Agawi – formally known as iSwifter - utilise Microsoft's cloud computing platform Windows Azure to stream a collection of Facebook and web-based games to devices running Windows 8.

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It's a deal the two parties believe will result in a host of triple-A titles being made available for instant play on Microsoft's forthcoming OS.

"Game developers want to focus on building great games, not worrying about back-end issues like scalability and platform management," said Microsoft VP Walid Abu-Hadba.

"With Windows Azure, Agawi 2.0 enables developers to make high-performance games easily accessible across devices with the high-quality graphics and virtually instant game downloads.

"For gamers, Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience that opens the door to exciting new form factors."

Agawi is set to debut the fruits of its newfound partnership during the Cloud Gaming USA 2012, set to take place in San Francisco between Septemner 11-12.

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