Remember I talked about Windows TV months ago? Well it looks like we could see it at CES this week. There are various reports suggestions that Microsoft are going to launch Windows TV this week, I don’t think it will be a new product, its likely to be Windows Media Center in a Windows Embedded solution. Microsoft have been working hard on embedded solutions with Media Center for some time so expect to see the results of that work this week. I expect the boxes to be low cost and be built around Windows Media Center, I have an interview with Microsoft planned later this week where I will be able to find out more.
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. The software is a version of its embedded device software, overlaid with the Windows Media Center interface, with media streaming and remote-control capabilities.
These new Windows TV boxes have been glimpsed online since Microsoft unveiled its new embedded software lineup in April, and then again at an Intel conference in September.
The boxes are expected to cost around $200 and go on sale later this year. They’ll pose a serious challenge to the new Apple and Google TV devices, largely because the Windows boxes have a polished and familiar TV-program guide that makes it easy to blend and navigate both online and broadcast content.