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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Windows Media Connects to Xbox 360

Windows Media Connects to Xbox

"The forthcoming Xbox 360 will become Microsoft's newest connected home media device with today's beta release of Windows Media Connect Version 2.

The new version's biggest innovation is its ability to play media files from a PC through the new Xbox unit, which rumored to be scheduled for release by Thanksgiving.

'This is part of our bigger vision of how content moves around the home,' said Kevin Unangst, director of Microsoft Corp.'s Media Device division.

'This particular software update to Windows XP enables the sharing of photos and music out over a home network, so devices that are compatible can discover that content, browse, play it back, [let the user] view things like playlists and have those seamlessly available from those devices.'

For several years, consumer electronics manufacturers have been hoping that the integrated home entertainment network would put some spark into consumer device sales."

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