Are Toshiba & Compal building the Microsoft Courier?

We have been talking about slates and tablets recently so here is the latest on the Microsoft Courier. While Microsoft have still not even acknowledged Courier there are rumours that Toshiba are building the device for Microsoft and have enlisted Compel to manufacture the nVidia Tegra2 based tablet. I am…

Microsoft Courier pictures and update

Engadget have some more details on Microsoft’s Courier “digital journal” tablet, there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft but Engadget have some new pictures and they have more details on what the device will be. Apparently it will function as a “digital journal” and weigh around a pound and…

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Microsoft reorgs the Media Center and Zune parent group

Looks like the group Windows Media Center comes under is shuffling again. Windows Media Center fell under the TV, Video and Media group group (which also includes Zune and Mediaroom) and was headed by Enrique Rodriguez the Corporate Vice President of the group but this week he left the company…

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Video: Apple retail vs. Microsoft retail

I know this is not exactly digital lifestyle related but its funny perhaps highlights some hypocrisies in the Microsoft v Apple debate. As far as I know its not been created by Microsoft and just a pro Microsoft viral video. Now that must be a first! via blog.seattlepi.com

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Microsoft to launch music streaming service in the UK

According to the PC Pro Microsoft have confirmed it is preparing to launch a music-streaming service in the UK. In the The Telegraph, Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN claimed: "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be…

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Media Center gets a new boss

Microsoft have announced Craig Eisler as the new VP of Entertainment Client Software the division that includes Windows Media Center. Eisler was the general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) and will be responsible for “leading the planning, design and development of client software across Windows, the Xbox video…

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Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008

Nice Microsoft press release rounding up some of the Media Center announcements at CEDIA, next weeks podcast will feature interviews from CEDIA   Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008 From distributed HD entertainment to automation and control, Windows Media Center is at the center of an…

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Microsoft buys TV ad company Navic

Microsoft has bought TV ad company Navic and makes it’s self a player in the Cable Ad market.  Is this just another attempt to get in to advertising or a sign of a more cohesive look at advertising and content delivery? With the advertising in place and delivery platforms like…

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Windows Media Center expands features in Japan

Microsoft looks to be expanding Windows Media Center features for the Japanese market. They will be adding ISDB-T support which is the Japanese digital TV format and multilanguage closed-captioning. Also being added is TV Asahi, NHK, NTV, TBS and Fuji TV as content partners (maybe that will be an Online…

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Windows Media Center experience throughout the house with rack-mounted Extenders

Microsoft’s customer installer blog takes a look at how you can use Media Center Extenders to distribute audio and video around the home. They show how you can put all your AV equipment, PC and Extenders in the same rack and then each Extender’s video and audio is connected to…

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