Pre-E3 2006: Windows Vista

Bill Gates and Peter Moore arrived in Grauman%26rsquo;s Chinese Theater in Hollywood today to herald the renaissance of PC gaming, brought to gamers courtesy of the Windows Vista operating system.

Vista%26rsquo;s key highlights are security and media handling, but Microsoft plans on some huge additions for gamers as well. Live Anywhere will mirror the Xbox 360 services and introduce PC gamers to the excellent Live marketplace, friends list and messaging, and integrate Live across all gaming platforms, including mobile phones. Gamerscores and gamertags will also become universal, and PC gamers will be able to play Vista-powered games with their console buddies using the Live Anywhere matchmaking service.