Microsoft goes public with list of 40 casual games coming to Windows 8

Microsoft goes public with list of 40 casual games coming to Windows 8

Summary: Angry Birds, Minesweeper, Wordament and 37 other casual games will be available on October 26, the day Microsoft makes Windows 8 commercially available.

TOPICS: Windows, Microsoft

Microsoft's Xbox team has gone public with a list of 40 casual games that will be available on Windows 8 starting the first day the operating system is commercially available.


As of October 26, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Minesweeper, Wordament and other games will be part of the first wave of such titles available to Windows 8 users, according to an August 31 post on the "Windows Experience" blog. Twenty-nine of the listed titles are from Microsoft Studios.

"Xbox is also announcing support from Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios who are also bringing Xbox games to Windows 8 in this first wave. Ongoing new releases will of course be available through the holiday and beyond," according to today's post.

These games will be available through the Windows Store and be discoverable through the Windows 8 Games app. These games will offer Xbox Achievements, "as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends," the post added.

A number of these games have been availble to Windows 8 testers for months already. It sounds like at least some of those games also will be adapted to work on Windows RT -- the version of Windows that runs on ARM-based devices -- if they haven't already.

Reaction from those on Twitter ranged from calling this an excellent list, to a less-than-impressive one. I'm not a gamer, even a casual gamer, really, so I don't have an opinion. Any games listed there you consider must-haves or ones not listed that you're hoping come later to Windows 8?

Topics: Windows, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Cool

    If Microsoft can somehow leverage its XBox ecosystem for Windows RT then that could give the platform a real nice jump-start as far as a decent selection of launch or early-post launch gaming titles is concerned.
    • Yes making Windows 8 another XBox alternative

      certainly helps prove that productivity was the highest priority in designing the new OS.


      Actually all this does is confirm my impression that W8 is foremost a consumer entertainment product that has no place in the corporate enterprise.

      Where is the list of 40 business apps that will enhance productivity only in W8?
      • Try reading up on Win8 enterprise features...

        and educate yourself so you don't sound so uninformed.
        • Sorry, but I use my computers

          in a small business environment. That means, I don't pay for the cost or support the management of a full up Windows domain enterprise ecosystem. I tried once and that was way to costly in time and frustration for my small team to manage and I wasn't able to afford to hire a full time support specialist or turn key (vulture) 3rd party service.

          So, each and every Windows PC must pay for itself in productivity or I lose money. Right now the value of Windows PCs is very marginal as their cost to mange in AV subscriptions and lost productivity to updates. If I add to that the potential to have my folks need to relearn everything ti continue to use the "latest greatest" W8 that they can also play on while I am not in the office makes W8 a nonstarter.

          When my large enterprise clients start telling me how much they save with W8, I'll reconsider. My guess is that the ice on earth will melt and instead start forming in the furnace below before that day comes to pass.
          • I hear violins...

            So, you're a small business, who doesn't want domain functionality.... got it. You don't want to pay for any support and therefore likely cobble together "stuff" from the consumer space... right-e-o. Now you're criticising an OS that is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than before, comes with office built-in (in the case of RT devices), includes free and light-weight AntiVirus, and makes full use of the "cloud" - all to save you money. Nice job!

            I think you'll find supporting older systems like XP and Vista FAR more expensive (in terms of real money, productivity, etc) than the new systems.

            As for your current systems - you are aware Microsoft offers small businesses, that run 10 or less computer systems, to use the fantastic "Security Essentials" AV product for FREE... and that in all my benchmarks, has proven BETTER than a lot of the high-priced systems, and impacts the system far less. Time to do some research before you come on here bad-mouthing something you obviously know nothing about.
          • If you're not willing to pay...

            ...for all the enterprise features that are built in to Windows (and have become so common that they're taken for granted), then you deserve to stick with the Linux ecosystem.
          • Splork you counterdict yourself

            You are not setup like an enterprise, but you are waiting on enterprise clients to tell you they save with Win8. You have apple trees and expect someone with orange trees to tell you when to harvest?
      • Whu?

        Windows RT is Microsoft's consumer OS. It's meant to be as much of an entertainment centered experience as anything else. It cannot join a domain (we've known this for a while now) and so it's not meant to integrate into a corporate network as deeply as a Win 8 Enterprise machine.

        Win 8 Enterprise of Microsoft's corporate centered OS. It will integrate more tightly than any Microsoft product preceding it, just as Windows XP integrated with Server 2003 Active Directory better than Windows 2000, and just as Windows 7 integrates into a Windows 2008 Active Directory environment better than XP.

        I mean jeez, I find the Microsoft fanboys on this forum bordering on pathetic sometimes, but the Microsoft haters can be just as delusional.
        • Agree with you

          I agree with you, though there is an awful lot of distraction built in to the start screen, for an enterprise system. Not sure how happy businesses are with a start screen that just screems at distracting attention with social updates, news bites and other stuff.
          Han CNX
      • Why are you in here, an article for W8 games,

        asking about business apps?

        Do you go to Home Depot and demand where are all the new DVD releases?
        Cylo‭n Centurion
      • List of 40

        Remember, you said Windows 8, not Windows RT.

        1. Word (any version)
        2. Excel
        3. Access
        4. Powerpoint
        5. Outlook
        6. Visio
        7. Project
        8. Adobe Acrobat
        9. Adobe Reader
        10. Adobe Illustrator
        11. Abode Photoshop
        12. Word Perfect
        13. Numara Track It
        14. Groupwise
        15. Xming
        16. Oracle
        17. WinDOT
        18. AutoCAD
        19. Bluezone
        20. Contribute
        21. Clearcase
        22. Clearquest
        23. Toad
        24. Snag It
        25. Publisher
        26. OneNote
        27. JBuilder
        28. OfficeTime
        29. ACT!
        30. Peachtree
        31. QuickBooks
        32. Klok
        33. Thunderbird
        34. Skype
        33. Go to Meeting
        34. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
        35. SmartFTP
        37. FileZilla
        38. Google Chrome
        39. Firefox
        40. PDF Creator

        Remember, anything that runs on Windows 7 runs on Windows 8.
  • Microsoft doesn't make

    money on the XBox, so this probably isn't a good idea.

    Hey, any word on how many companies will have virus scanners ready to go by day 1?
    Tony Burzio
    • The only one that matters:


      And it's already bundled in.

      I couldn't care less to have more shovel-ware by the security vendors that use scare tactics to sell their product.
    • Microsoft defender is built in to windows 8

      Windows8 has both the malware and antivirus modules of microsoft security essentials and windows defender enabled by default. It is just called windows defender now.

      All operating systems need to have something like this included and enabled by default, because there is no such thing as a "safe" operating system. Not having any malware defense measures is like not having a backup solution based on the belief that a computer will never crash.
      • And the good thing about Microsoft Security Essentials being pre-installed

        is it comes directly from Microsoft themselves so its not some bloat ware that's pre-loaded. And Windows Defender isn't only Microsoft Security Essentials, but more features too like Smartscreen.
    • Doesn't make money on Xbox?

      They made half a billion dollars in profit on Xbox alone last year.
      • Maybe he's referring to the actual hardware.

        They don't make "much" $ on the hardware...very small margin.
        It's the software sales they get deep cuts for.
        Cylo‭n Centurion
    • They make money

      I can't tell if you're trolling. I think so, but not 100% there.

      Umm......are you?

      But on another note, Apple had announced recently they're releasing Anti-Virus software for Windows 8. So you're good there.
      • Apple to make AV for W8?

        Now that has to be the absolute funniest thing I have heard all week.

        Thanks for that bit of comic relief and have a good Labor Day.
        • LOL

          That would have to include a Trojan horse or iTunes (complete with multiple vulnerabilities)!