After several meetings, Microsoft realised that Crestron had in its automation knowledge an insight as to how a new robust Microsoft Media Centre solution could be developed which allowed custom installers to use the product confident that it would not be compromised.
They also realised that if a robust Crestron driven environment was created third party developers could deliver a suite of software spanning lighting control, distributed audio, security and device management for the Media Centre platform.
It is also anticipated that the two companies could deliver in the future a secure Crestron/Windows server environment that would talk to not only the Crestron Microsoft tablets but multiple devises in the home.
The relationship between Crestron and Microsoft is extremely strong as both companies realise that they have unique qualities. The first product offering from the two companies are set to be revealed at the Cedia Expo in the USA and among the first products will be a tablet PC running both Crestron and Microsoft technology for the home.