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Spotlight on the Media Center

With an upgrade to the Windows XP variant, Microsoft aims to quell critiques of the earlier version of the entertainment-oriented software. PC makers including Dell and HP line up for the launch.

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roundup With the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, Microsoft aims to quell critiques of the earlier version of the operating system for entertainment-oriented PCs. Computer makers including Dell and HP line up for the launch.


Microsoft launches an updated version of its Media Center PC operating system for home multimedia systems, part of its effort to put multiple machines in every household.
September 30, 2003


update The PC maker has an alternative in mind for those who choose not to pay extra for Microsoft's Media Center operating system.
September 30, 2003


update Dell, HP, Gateway and Toshiba offer a multitude of Media Center PCs with the official launch of the latest version of Microsoft's entertainment-oriented OS.
September 30, 2003


With an upgrade to the Windows XP variant due out, the software maker aims to address critiques from its earliest customers. Dell, Sony and other PC makers are standing by.
September 29, 2003


Michael Dell argues that the PC should be the center of entertainment in the home, but how is his company planning to realize that vision?
September 24, 2003

previous coverage

The two companies are expected to launch their first Media Center PCs this fall, sources familiar with the companies' plans tell CNET News.com.
September 4, 2003


An upgrade of the entertainment-centric version of Windows XP will get its first airing at four simultaneous launch events this month, according to sources.
September 4, 2003

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