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Xbox Live (formerly stylized as Xbox LIVE) is an on-line multiplayer video gaming as well as electronic media delivery solution developed and also run by Microsoft. It was initially offered to the Xbox system in November 2002. An updated variation of the solution became available for the Xbox 360 console at the system's launch in November 2005, and an additionally improved variation was launched in 2013 with the Xbox One.
The solution was expanded in 2007 on the Windows system, called Games for Windows-- Live, which makes most elements of the system available on Windows computer systems. Microsoft has announced plans to expand Live to other platforms such as handhelds as well as smart phones as component of the Live Anywhere campaign. With Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone, full Xbox Live functionality is incorporated right into new Windows Phones that launched because late 2010. The solution closed down for the original Xbox on April 15, 2010, and also original Xbox Gamings are currently just usable online through computer network (LAN) tunneling applications such as XLink Kai.
The Xbox Live solution is available as both a free service, referred to as Xbox Live Silver as well as a subscription-based service referred to as Xbox Live Gold, specifically, with the majority of features such as on-line gaming limited to the Gold solution.