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Microsoft takes the stage at E3 (live blog)

This holiday, Microsoft plans to take Xbox entertainment beyond the console to phones, PCs, and tablets. Plus: Game talk via Kinect voice recognition and lots of live event programming from ESPN.

Four-time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana takes the stage to show off Kinect integration for Madden. James Martin/CNET

Editor's note: This live blog has concluded. Click on the module below to replay the blog or read our summary posts: "Madden NFL 13 gets 'better with Kinect,' launches Aug. 28"; "Microsoft plans to bring over 35 more content providers to Xbox"; "Microsoft unveils Xbox Music"; "Microsoft unveils Smart Glass, a multiscreen entertainment platform"; "Kinect-enhanced IT coming to Xbox," and "Xbox throws down gauntlet to Apple TV (and Wii U) at E3."

You've read the speculation. There's nothing left to do now but wait to see what Microsoft has to announce at this year's E3 show.

One thing to keep an eye out for: an AirPlay-like Xbox 360 companion application -- dubbed "Smart Glass" -- that would let users beam content back to their game consoles for viewing on larger screens, according to an Engadget report. The app is also expected to be made available for tablets and phones running on Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

We'll have live coverage, analysis and photos here (and below) this coming Monday, June 4, starting at 9:15 a.m. PT/12:15 p.m. ET.

Join us, won't you? In the meantime, feel free to check out our ongoing coverage of E3 2012.

Editors' note: The original version of this post was published June 1 at 5:01 p.m. PT.