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September 3, 2002—In this issue:
1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Microsoft Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition
- Microsoft Announces Windows XP SP1 Release Date
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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This morning, Microsoft announced the completion of Windows XP Media Center Edition, which—beginning next month—will power new Media Center PCs from companies such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Samsung. XP Media Center is the latest Windows version and one of several products that relies on Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), which Microsoft will release publicly September 9 (see the story below). XP Media Center adds a friendly interface to XP SP1 that lets consumers access multimedia experiences—such as digital music, photos and videos, DVD movies, TV, and digital video recording (DVR)—using a remote control and, optionally, a TV set.
In addition to the PC makers that will deliver Media Center PCs, Microsoft worked with several third-party hardware manufacturers that created supporting technology, including microprocessor makers AMD and Intel, Dolby Laboratories, video-card makers ATI and NVIDIA, DVD- and MPEG-2-decoder makers Cyberlink and Intervideo, and TV-capture tuner-card makers eMuzed and Hauppauge.
"Every digital-media enthusiast, every college student, every teenager, every apartment dweller will love this technology," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the Platforms Products Group. "Windows XP Media Center Edition takes the great photo, music, and video experiences introduced last fall with Windows XP to the next level and adds a new TV experience that only the power of the PC can deliver. It's an example of how innovation continues to make the PC even more central to people's lives. We're thrilled that industry leaders and partners share Microsoft's vision and enthusiasm for Media Center PCs."
"We wanted to make it simple, easy to use, convenient, and friendly, and make the Media Center \[interface\] feel as good as any consumer electronics device," Joe Belfiore, general manager of User Experience at Microsoft's Windows eHome Division, told me last week in an exclusive interview. "We were very disciplined about simplicity. It was a key focus for us when we designed the Media Center interface." Later today, my complete interview with Joe Belfiore will be available on the SuperSite for Windows.
Delivering on its promise to release Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) in the coming days, Microsoft announced late Friday that it will issue the critical upgrade to its latest desktop OS on September 9. With XP SP1's release to manufacturing (RTM), the company will finally provide its first comprehensive set of bug and security fixes to the fastest-selling Windows version ever. Beginning September 9, XP users can download the SP1 release for free from the Microsoft Web site or order the release on CD-ROM for about $10.
"Microsoft is always focused on improving the reliability and security of Windows for our customers, and \[SP1\] is the latest delivery on our commitment to those customers," said Jim Allchin, group vice president for the Platforms Products Group. "Windows XP is the most secure and dependable \[OS\] we have ever produced, but our work doesn't end when we ship the product. Windows XP \[SP1\], along with services such as Windows Update, \[is an example\] of how we help customers keep their PCs updated with the latest and greatest technology."
XP SP1 includes all the security patches Microsoft has issued for XP since it initially released the product in October 2001, security fixes that resulted as part of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing source-code review, support for new technologies such as USB 2.0, and some UI changes the company's proposed settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) required.
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