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The company has confirmed its attendance at a stripped down E3, where Microsoft will talk all things Xbox and likely drop a few surprises.

While E3 2016 will have a different feel to previous years, Microsoft will still be in attendance and is likely to make some big announcements regarding Xbox and probably the Universal Windows Platform, and how it pertains to the company’s game division.

Confirming its presence at E3 2016, Microsoft has said that it will be holding its now annual Xbox press conference at the Los Angeles expo.

The event is scheduled to get underway on Monday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time. The company has sent invite emails to media companies to confirm the date, although no official announcement has been made yet.

During the event Microsoft is likely going to be talking a lot about the future of its gaming division and how it is planning to integrate Xbox further into the wider Windows 10 ecosystem.

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Of course, there will be plenty of game announcements too, but expect the focus to be on how Microsoft wants us to be able to play games on any Windows device. The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) allows users to buy a game on one platform and then use the same title across multiple Windows devices (mobile and PC).

Part of the UWP is also bringing Windows to the Xbox One, adding the full Windows Store to the console for gamers to have access to apps and other content. This will be achieved through the Anniversary Update on Windows 10, which was detailed at Build 2016 a couple of weeks ago and will be rolled out during the summer.

Microsoft is one of the major gaming giants sticking by the E3 event. One of the largest gaming exhibitions in the world, E3 has been a mainstay for publishers and developers to make huge announcements. However, this year’s event will be smaller as some major companies such as Disney Interactive and Activision will not be in attendance.

Microsoft will be though, and now you can set the date.