Earlier today Microsoft posted revenues of $19.95 billion and profits of $6.63 billion for the 3 months up to December. Windows 7 licenses reached 300 million units and the Kinect motion controller for Xbox 360 boosted the company's video game and consumer business.
Now speculation has surfaced that Microsoft is working on a Mediaroom client for Windows Phone and a Silverlight-for-Mediaroom project (aka Taos). There is also speculation that the Mediaroom platform is also up for a possible tie-in with Windows Media Centre (aka Monaco). All this comes on the heels of chatter that the software giant is considering a new Xbox 360 TV service, incorporating Mediaroom, and news of a Silverlight SOC that could be worked into an STB like Santa Fe. All code names and acronyms aside, it looks like Microsoft is gearing up to give Apple and Google some serious internet TV competition, which means Mediaroom's going to have say goodbye to happy hour and hello to some serious all-nighters.
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Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0, allows TV viewers to extend their viewing experiences across multiple screens, including the PC, TV and mobile phone. The Mediaroom software supports whole-home digital video recording, on-demand capabilities, access to both operator-hosted content and Internet TV, and interactive applications. Mediaroom 2.0 combines client software with cloud-based services to provide viewers with access to content on a TV or other display screen.
What is not known is whether Microsoft Australia could be bothered to launch the new offering in Australia due to their reluctance to expand the Companies Media Centre or content offering in Australia?
"Our strategy with Mediaroom is to combine the power of client software and cloud-based services to greatly enhance the way consumers experience digital entertainment," Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president for the TV, Video and Music Business at Microsoft said.