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Report: Microsoft to Take on Google TV, Apple TV

We’ve already seen Google and Apple make the move into the living room and it seems Microsoft is determined not to miss out on the action. With the Ballmernote scheduled for later tomorrow afternoon, the gossip about what Steve will be talking about has reached an all time high. The Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley reports that Microsoft will debut a stripped down version of Windows specially tailored for set-top boxes and internet connected TVs.

"Microsoft's going to make a splash in this market with a stripped-down version of Windows tailored for set-top boxes and connected TVs," Dudley writes, before elaborating, "The software is a version of its embedded device software, overlaid with the Windows Media Center interface, with media streaming and remote-control capabilities."

Dudley claims the device will cost $200, which is $100 more expensive than Apple TV but $100 cheaper than Logitech’s Google TV set-top box, the Revue.

  • joytech22
    But will it blend?

    I never imagined Microsoft getting into set top boxes and internet-enabled tv's.
    I guess that makes my media centre obsolete? all i use it for is movies anyway..
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  • el_bastardo74
    hmmm, the more options i see for tv, the more i wonder about the fate of cable. maybe not so much satellite, because they have a market for people who are still stuck with dial-up....interesting
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  • Silmarunya
    As so often in recent years, MS doesn't innovate, but instead sees another company doing something new and then says 'hey, we could do that too'.

    The question I'm asking myself here is: why would you want to use Windows, no matter how stripped down, in a set-top box? If they can release a secure, light weight and easy to use Windows TV, I'll take my hat off. Till then, I'd bet on Linux based designs that have existed for years and are still being improved as we speak.
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  • appolospb
    @ Silmarunya

    I dont think its fair to say Microsoft are copying anyone here. Microsoft have had Windows Media Centre in the marketplace driving media centre PC's since at least 2005 and been quite successful at it. Although WMC isnt strictly on-demand tv it is damm near the same as its used with peoples vast collections of tv / video media stored on the machine or over a network. WMC also has the ability to download TV guide and other application data over the internet. If you pair WMC with a opensource addon such as Media Browser then its vastly superior to anything Google or Apple are offering people and its available to anyone with Vista / Win 7. If anything Google and Apple are treading in Microsofts territory.
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  • rpgplayer
    everyone seems to have forgotten about the late 90's WebTV
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  • I think my BellAliant FibreOp set-top box already has some form of Windows on it :(

    I get a flying-window/spinning-globe logo anytime I'm loading a menu.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    CAN MS take on mighty GOOGLE?
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  • Silmarunya
    appolospb@ SilmarunyaI dont think its fair to say Microsoft are copying anyone here. Microsoft have had Windows Media Centre in the marketplace driving media centre PC's since at least 2005 and been quite successful at it. Although WMC isnt strictly on-demand tv it is damm near the same as its used with peoples vast collections of tv / video media stored on the machine or over a network. WMC also has the ability to download TV guide and other application data over the internet. If you pair WMC with a opensource addon such as Media Browser then its vastly superior to anything Google or Apple are offering people and its available to anyone with Vista / Win 7. If anything Google and Apple are treading in Microsofts territory.
    First of all, similar media software existed on other platforms before WMC came around.

    Second, as you noted yourself, WMC is not the sort of web based TV that Google and Apple are offering.
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  • fayzaan
    I think out of all the other providers, Microsoft is the one that can have the biggest impact in IPTV. Think about it, they have Windows, Xbox, and this new set-top box. All of which use Media Center, and all can be given this capability to use the service.

    How many people out there have a PC w/Windows as an OS? how many Xbox360's are out there? and you've already got a bigger install base than any other IPTV service out there! If Microsoft is smart and is intending on making money off the sales of the actual content more so than the sale of the set-top device, then this route will work the best and beat the rest.
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  • fayzaan
    SilmarunyaAs so often in recent years, MS doesn't innovate, but instead sees another company doing something new and then says 'hey, we could do that too'.The question I'm asking myself here is: why would you want to use Windows, no matter how stripped down, in a set-top box? If they can release a secure, light weight and easy to use Windows TV, I'll take my hat off. Till then, I'd bet on Linux based designs that have existed for years and are still being improved as we speak.
    And then have to type code into the command line just to change a channel? no thanks, Linux sounds cool but I have tried it and it isn't any better.
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