Speaking of Xbox. The xbox live integration with the lumia is pretty handy. Using the Xbox smart-glass app to control your xbox (yes I know you can also use that app on the iphone etc.) and being able to message, game-invite etc. all from the phone is really neat.
I don't own a Xbox and possibly never will as I'm not a big gamer and my other multimedia needs are taken care of with other devices, and while I can see the sense/value of live integration with WP8 phones, it is more the cross-platform situation that interests me at the moment.... how both Apple and Google seem to be suffering a case of sour grapes or something at the moment.
I don't know who else has been following the cross platform squabble between the above mentioned and Microsoft, but it seems to me that while Microsoft appears to be doing the right thing by its customers with IOS and/or Android devices, by providing access to products and services such as Skydrive from within those platforms, both Apple and Google have become MS unfriendly and appear to be making life difficult for the software giant and users alike.
First we hear that Google will no longer develop or support apps to Microsoft products and services, and then that Apple is blocking the way to Skydrive being made available to its customers on OS-X and IOS. Now while some may say that is is good business sense on the part of Google and Apple, I'm not so sure that the denial of products and services... the freedom of choice is a healthy business move. I mean, really, it all seems so petty, like schoolboys bickering over who has the best project to show teacher.
For mine, both companies should open the way to those MS products and services, if for no other reason than as a courtesy to all of their loyal customers. I don't see that happening, though, not when both companies appear to have a stick up their arse over Microsoft. Now is that because they can't stand the competition of a new player in the phone market and realise their products have gone stale, or is it because WP8 is the superior platform and they're afraid? In either event or both, the consumer is the loser here.