Media2Go Named and Delayed

Would you like to take all your digital media with you? If you were looking forward to new devices that use the Microsoft Media2Go platform, which the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, you'll have to wait. Microsoft expected its hardware partners to ship devices based on the technology this year, but now the company won't release it until the second half of 2004. Microsoft has announced that it will call the platform Windows Mobile software for Portable Media Centers. The platform is based on Windows CE .NET and is essentially a portable version of Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE). Consumers will be able to display digital video, digital music, digital photos, and recorded TV shows on portable devices that run the software. Think of Portal Media Centers as "video iPods." Portable Media Centers will be available from companies such as Creative Technology, iRiver, Samsung, SANYO, and ViewSonic.

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