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MS gets into cable modem act

Since it already does Windows, Microsoft must figure it might do everything else as well.

Since it already does Windows, Microsoft must figure it might do everything else as well.

The latest new technology field the Redmond giant wants to jump into is cable modem. The company announced it will work with third parties - from PC makers to cable operators - to provide Internet access via cable modems. Of course, its own Windows NT operating system will be the central piece of software to make all this possible.

Altough it's unclear how this strategy will pan out, Microsoft said the cable-television units of Time Warner Inc., Comcast Corp., France's Cie. Generale de Videocommunication and Singapore CableVision agreed to use its software for cable-modem networks. Several cable-modem makers -- including Motorola Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Zenith Electronics Corp. --agreed to ensure that their products will work on networks controlled by Microsoft software.