Report: Microsoft to Focus on Gaming with Windows 8

According to a report by TechRadar, Microsoft could be eying gaming as a big focus for the forthcoming Windows 8. TechRadar claims that "the software giant [is] ready to put its weight behind the platform once more."

Microsoft has also hired Rahul Sood, who came over from Hewlett-Packard and Voodoo PC and is also the guy that blogged that Microsoft scrapped plans for PC and Xbox 360 cross-platform multiplayer because "the console players got destroyed every time" sparking Internet arguments about controllers versus mouse & keyboard.

Last month, Microsoft launched a redesigned Games for Windows Marketplace, which sells digital games and downloadable content. Microsoft's biggest competition will obviously be Valve's Steam platform, which is currently the undisputed king of PC gaming.

Microsoft has quite a large mountain to climb, especially after Games for Windows LIVE.