Microsoft Directly Engages Custom Installers at CEDIA EXPO 2007

Posted by bink on September 6 2007, 12:09 AM. Posted in Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista.

As support for Windows Media Center continues to grow, Microsoft announces new hardware alliances, new software capabilities and the Ultimate Install Contest.

Microsoft Corp. is exhibiting at CEDIA EXPO 2007 to build direct relationships with custom installers and illustrate the growing CEDIA channel support for home entertainment and automation systems based on the Microsoft® Windows® Media Center platform.

“Our software and hardware alliances in the CEDIA market have created a huge amount of interest in Windows Media Center as the platform of choice for the digital home,” said Scott Evans, group manager in the Entertainment and Devices eHome Division at Microsoft. “As a result of our growing collaborations, Microsoft decided the time was right to establish a direct presence at the custom installation channel’s most eagerly anticipated annual event, CEDIA EXPO. We are fully committed to making Windows Media Center-based devices the most compelling entertainment solutions, and we are here to demonstrate our support for the custom channel.”

Microsoft’s presence at the show is accompanied by several impressive announcements that bolster the standing of Windows Media Center as the fastest-growing platform in the custom installation market.

Some of the biggest names at CEDIA are intensifying their support of Windows Media Center at the show:

Life|ware™, the industry pioneer in Windows Media Center-based digital entertainment software, unveiled its own line of Windows Media Center hardware, including new high-end systems featuring Quad-CableCARD-tuners. Windows Media Center-based Life|ware home automation software took a leap forward with news regarding a future Windows Home Server Add-in to complement its announced Windows Home Server-based Life|storage™ server.

Home automation giant Crestron Electronics Inc. officially announced that it will now be a Microsoft Windows Media Center direct OEM and will deliver Windows Media Center-based hardware in 2008.

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