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The Lowdown: What Microsoft Announced At E3

Microsoft made a couple of new announcements at the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, the annual video game conference and show, held at Los Angeles (US), introducing new gaming and entertainment products, with an aim to extend its XBox 360 gaming platform to a complete living-room entertainment device. It announced new content tie-ups, services and products, in addition to new game titles. Here's a quick lowdown on what Microsoft announced at E3: - Xbox marketshare: Since its launch in 2005, Microsoft has sold 67 million Xbox 360 consoles, with a 47% market-share in the US, and currently has 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. The company has also sold 19 million Kinects, the hands-free and voice controller that works with the console. According to Microsoft, Xbox LIVE offers more than 200,000 pieces of content available in movies, television, music, sports and fitness, many of which can be searched and powered by voice or gestures through Kinect. - Xbox Music service: Microsoft announced a new music subscription/purchase service, which will be launched later this year, replacing Zune, its US-only music service. The service will allow users to access  download-to-own or subscription music on connected devices including the Windows 8 PC, tablet and phone, and they'll be able to personalize and share with friends, and discover new music. The service will compete with Google Music and Apple's iTunes. All of these services are still not available in India. While it's interesting that Microsoft is making its music service ubiquitous across all its device platforms, including the Xbox, the…

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