DOJ: Microsoft can buy WebTV

The U.S. government has been on Microsoft's side lately. After a "thorough investigation," the U.S. Department of Justice has approved Microsoft's acquisition of WebTV Networks. This was Microsoft's second victory this week in regard to government investigations. The FTC announced on Tuesday that it would not reopen an anti-trust investigation against the company.

The WebTV deals marks Microsoft's entry into PC/TV convergence. They plan to retool WebTV as a Windows CE-based device. Currently, WebTV has approximately 120,000 subscribers but this number is expected to grow significantly with a marketing push backed by Microsoft money.

WebTV spokesman Aaron Mata said that Windows CE will add a "wealth of content" for WebTV customers. He also commented that "we are very excited but not at all surprised" about the DOJ decision

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