As part of its push into consumers’ living rooms, Microsoft plans to introduce technology that will wirelessly link computers to televisions.
The technology will allow owners of PCs running Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Centre Edition to access photos, videos and Internet services on their TV using a remote control without the need to physically connect the TV to the PC or even have it in the same room.
Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, Bill Gates, announced the “extender technology” for PCs
running Windows XP Media Centre Edition in a keynote address on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Microsoft won’t sell the technology itself. Instead, hardware partners including Gateway, Dell and Samsung Electronics will sell the extenders.
They would come in the shape of set-top boxes or even built into televisions and should be on the market by the end of the year at prices between $US300 and $US600, Microsoft officials said.
Microsoft will also offer a kit for its Xbox game console to connect to Media Centre PCs.
This kit, which will work much like the Xbox music mixer, is expected to sell under $US100, according to Microsoft.