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Zynga announces ‘With Friends’ social gaming network with Windows Phone support

WP Central

Last week at the Windows Phone Summit, it was finally revealed that Zynga will be bringing Words with Friends and DrawSomething to Windows Phone this fall. Actually, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph teased that both games are "so-close-you-can-taste it" meaning we may be getting those marquee titles by the end of the summer (fingers crossed).

It also looks like that Zynga partnership is going deeper than just those two games. The popular online gaming company just announced 'With Friends' which is hailed to be their own social gaming network and it sounds a lot like Xbox LIVE--you can create a profile, see your friend's profiles, message them and see what they have been playing. Heck, you can even meet people with similar game interests.

What makes this fascinating though is the fact that it works across platforms. The social network will launch on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and of course be on the web, making it a true cross-platform gaming social network...thing

We're not sure if it will be any good but we just like the fact that Zynga is on board with Windows Phone these days.

Source: Wired

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Zynga announces ‘With Friends’ social gaming network with Windows Phone support

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Why not just use Xbox live? Seems easier I mean its already cross platform in a lot of ways just. Glad there coming to get more people on board with WP but i must say i hate zynga and there games lol

But the Xbox Live service isn't cross platform! If the With Friends games were to be XBL games, you wouldn't be able to play against your iOS or Android friends. I thought that was the whole reason people wanted these games?

That's actually not true.  Kinectimals has been released on iOS, which is an Xbox Live title.  Plus, the Xbox Companion app is avialable on both iOS and Android.  MS is making Xbox Live cross platform (across mobile devices, doubt we would ever see Xbox Live for Linux.)

WHAT! So this isnt an Xbox Live game? So I wont have alllll my friend already in my friendslist and I wont have achievements?

That is crap. 

What are the chances that this is a port instead of a rewrite, meaning it'll be native code and therefore WinPho 8 only??

This is great. Finally I can play folks without needing to grab my android tablet. Zynga must also be quietly working on Windows 8 versions.

I know what you mean :( p.s. I expect you'll be getting a torrent of "Nokia actually cares about WP unlike Samsung/HTC blah blah blah" comments explaining why some feel as if you aren't allowed to be upset over Nokia nailing so many exclusive apps. Though on one hand I realize they're merely timed exclusives I'm still a bit irked that I'll have to wait. Ah, oh well. First world problems (:

Ha, I appreciate it but I don't really have an interest in these either. Just trying to clarify things around here :)

Draw Something is losing people everyday. It was just a phase. Zynga could have released it a long time ago, but was just lazy. I personally am not excited for these games, but my grandma might be. I would rather have Instagram, and maybe some sick Gameloft games. I would think we would have instagram at least by now due to msfts close ties with Facebook, but I guess not. :(

Exactly, its like Angry Birds all over again. Simple apps such as Instagram and Zynga games could have come ever since they have been on Android!

Well, Drawsomething is coming to windows.. Then how about Temple Run ?!!! I want Temple Run to be in the part of Windows Xbox Live ..

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The popular online gaming company just announced 'With Friends' which is hailed to be their own social gaming network and it sounds a lot like Xbox LIVE--you can create a profile, see your friend's profiles, message them and see what they have been playing.
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