HALO: Spartan Assault coming exclusively to Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT in July

The Halo franchise is finally headed to Windows Phone as an exclusive first party game from Microsoft’s 343 Industries Studio in collaboration with Vanguard Studios. Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down arcade shooter game which will be exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT. The game’s story line is set between Halo 3 and Halo 4 and will focus on the Halo: Spartan Ops team’s first mission against the Covenant forces.

The development and released of this exclusive title was only a matter a time given the different OS’ share core and APIs and is a definitive sign of Microsoft flexing it’s muscle to pushed it’s ecosystem further ahead of the Xbox One launch later this year. Still thinking that MS doesn’t really care about Windows Phone? Well this and the flood of high quality applications hitting the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store in the past months is a clear sign the Redmond is finally “getting it”.

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Halo Waypoint for Windows Phone 7 gets a major update

Microsoft has just released a major update to for the Halo Waypoint Windows Phone 7 application today.It finally enables some of the features that weren’t accessible in the first version and feels a tiny bit more snappier. But I’m a bit disappointed that it still doesn’t run under lockscreen:

Halo Waypoint for your Windows Phone 7 has gotten a sweet overhaul (available now!) with the addition of:

– Your Halo: Reach Service Record
– Xbox LIVE functionality
– New in-depth stats you won’t find anywhere else.

Take a look at what’s in store for Halo fans with Halo Waypoint 1.1 for your Windows Phone 7.

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Halo Waypoint for Windows Phone 7 released: Video walkthrough

The Halo Waypoint media hub application is now freely available in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Don’t mistake this for a full blown Halo game, this is just a cool media hub dedicated to the Halo universe. The Application is pretty slick eventhough the UI could use some work (it’s not super smooth as you can see in the video below). The video streaming is apparently handled via Microsoft’s smooth-streaming technology that’s why the quality can sometimes look abyssal especially at the beginning of a video (on the flipside, it looks fairly good after a while). The bit-rate is variable and depends on the quality of your data connection. Anyway, this is a pretty cool application if you are a big Halo fan. Check out myVideo after the break:

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Microsoft announces Xbox Live games and Titles for Windows Phone 7: Ilomilo, Halo, Crackdown and many more!

As previously expected Microsoft has finally announced a whole roster of Xbox Live game titles for Windows Phone 7 at GamesCom in Germany today! Yes Ilomilo is here, The Harvest and even Halo! This is huge folks and exactly what Microsoft had to do to gain market-share this fall when the platform finally launches. There’s a whole lot of AAA titles announced the press release and probably more to come from many third part developers from around the world. Check out the video demos posted below followed by the full press release:

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