Microsoft and the NFL began their multi-year partnership in 2013 by bringing a dedicated NFL app to the Xbox One, in time for the regular season. But that was just the beginning for this deal between the two giants. The sophomore season of the Microsoft/NFL team-up promises more for football fans, including taking the Xbox One app and bringing it to Windows 8.
The NFL app features curated league content, including scores, stats, highlights, and dedicated Fantasy Football applications through the NFL Network and NFL Red Zone channels. This year, it will also feature the standalone NFL Sunday Ticket package unveiled earlier this year. Those ineligible to receive DirecTV, such as college dorm residents, can now access the Sunday Ticket service on their consoles and PCs through the NFL app.
The deal between Microsoft and the NFL is going both ways this year, with the former also offering to help the product on the field. A new sideline viewing system will experiment with Surface tablets for use in-between each series. Coaches and quarterbacks will be able to use the tablets to examine the previous series and make adjustments. The new electronic system is aiming to replace the photo still system currently in place and will be used this season on a trial basis. Surfaces will make their first appearance on an NFL sideline during tonight's preseason opener between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills.
More is expected to be revealed in regards to Microsoft's ongoing partnership with the NFL soon. In the meantime, expect the Microsoft NFL app to arrive on PC and Windows 8 tablets later in August.