Following this morning's announcement that "Games for Windows - LIVE" - the PC version of the Xbox multiplayer service - is set to launch in just a few weeks time across the pond, Microsoft has confirmed a date for the rest of us: 18th May.
Like the American service, it's tied to the release of Halo 2 for Windows Vista. Xbox Live users will be able to start using their gamertag to collect achievements with Halo 2 on PC, also accessing friends lists and other features - although some, like the cross-platform multiplayer that will debut with Shadowrun in June, will be limited to Gold subscribers, who pay GBP 39.99 a year for the added functionality.
For a complete breakdown of what's what with Games for Windows - LIVE, check out our earlier story. Microsoft has also confirmed suspicions that the service will only work on Windows Vista - the aim presumably being to give XP users a reason to upgrade.