LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Gateway Inc., one of the world's leading providers of digital technology solutions, Alienware Corp., the leader in high-performance computer gaming systems, ABS Computer Technologies Inc. and CyberPower Inc. will manufacture media center PCs fully loaded with Windows® XP Media Center Edition. Each company is offering a new slant on media center PC form factors and configurations, extending the appeal of Windows XP Media Center Edition to a broader swath of consumers, including gaming, audiovisual and PC enthusiasts, targeting living room environments. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates highlighted Windows XP Media Center Edition's latest developments last night during his keynote address at COMDEX Fall 2002.
"Gateway and Alienware recognize the potential of the media center PC, and we're pleased they are joining the roster of partners helping us deliver a compelling new way for consumers to experience the home PC," said Mike Toutonghi, vice president and distinguished engineer for the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft. "With the addition of new hardware designs and configurations, consumers will be able to enjoy an incredible digital entertainment experience from an expanded selection of media center PCs."
Windows XP Media Center Edition, launched three weeks ago on the HP Media Center PC to strong consumer and industry acceptance, brings consumers a fully integrated digital entertainment experience on a PC with the freedom and convenience of simple remote-control access.
Innovative PC Hardware Designs Revealed
Gateway Media Center PCs will be offered in several new configurations by Nov. 22, 2002, including Gateway's 42-inch plasma TV and digital display or LCD monitor, which will highlight the media center entertainment experiences. Alienware is introducing a media center PC in its ultracompact, small-form-factor Navigator systems, available online beginning today.
In addition to Alienware and Gateway, two computer manufacturers, ABS Computer Technologies and Cyberpower, will deliver media center PCs and displays beginning today, offering people more choice and flexibility. Both offer new form factors and configurations that fit the living room environment: the ABS Media Center PC is a colorful, contemporary tower design, while the CyberPower Media Center PC is a sleek, silver consumer-electronics-style case.
"Gateway is focused on providing customers with innovative solutions that make it easier to take advantage of all the benefits of digital media," said Mike Flanary, vice president of communications and digital solutions at Gateway. "The Gateway Media Center PC with our plasma TV and digital display is a superior platform for experiencing digital media in both the home and the classroom."
"The Navigator Media Center PC fits perfectly into Alienware's line of powerful and innovative PC solutions," said Kevin Wasielewski, vice president of marketing at Alienware. "Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition takes the Alienware experience one step further by offering features that satisfy the needs of even the most demanding digital-media enthusiasts. Smaller than traditional PCs, the Navigator and Navigator Pro models combine advanced multimedia functionality with state-of-the-art performance, in a compact all-in-one solution."
Microsoft and HP Receive Popular and Critical Acclaim
"HP and Microsoft have once again pioneered a new product category with the introduction of this new convergence technology for the home, and it has been warmly received by retailers and consumers alike," said Sam Szteinbaum, North America vice president of consumer PCs for HP. "With features like the six-in-one memory card reader and remote control, the HP Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition provides a rich new entertainment experience that lets consumers be more communicative, more productive and have more fun with their PC."
Windows XP Media Center Edition's integrated digital media entertainment experience has been acknowledged by Popular Science Magazine. The HP Media Center PC powered by Windows XP Media Center Edition was chosen from thousands of new products and innovations as one of the 100 Best of What's New technologies and featured in the December issue's 38-page editorial section's Computers category.
About Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP Media Center Edition, which builds on the rich media capabilities of Windows Media® Player, turns a PC into a media center that integrates digital entertainment experiences -- including live television, personal video recording, digital music, digital video, DVDs and pictures -- with the freedom of remote-control access. A new experience called Media Center will serve as a unified destination for entertainment on the media center PC and is designed to be viewed from anywhere in the room. Windows XP Media Center Edition's dual-purpose functionality makes it ideal for digital media enthusiasts and consumers in small, space-constrained environments.
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Supporting Industry Quotes
"ABS Computer is very excited about Windows XP Media Center Edition. The new ABS Media Center PC integrates performance computing and digital entertainment such as television, music, digital video, photos and DVDs in one easy-to-use system. The remote control of this newest member of ABS Home Systems enables users to take total control of the best of multimedia entertainment and an exciting personal computing experience. ABS customers will be very happy to know that Windows XP Media Center is finally a reality."
"We strive to anticipate our customers' needs and wants for integrated digital media experiences, and the Cyberpower Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition delivers the great look and performance they are seeking. The feedback from our customers is very positive."
"ABS Computer is very excited about Windows XP Media Center Edition. The new ABS Media Center PC integrates performance computing and digital entertainment such as TV, music, digital video, photos and DVDs in one easy-to-use system. The remote control of this newest member of ABS Home Systems enables users to take total control of the best of multimedia entertainment and an exciting personal computing experience. ABS customers will be very happy to know that Windows XP Media Center is finally a reality."
"The Navigator Media Center PC fits perfectly into Alienware's line of powerful and innovative PC solutions. Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition takes the Alienware experience one step further by offering features that satisfy the needs of even the most demanding digital media enthusiasts. Smaller than traditional PCs, the Navigator and Navigator Pro models combine advanced multi-media functionality, with state-of-the-art performance, in a compact all-in-one solution."
" AMD Athlon XP processors and Windows XP Media Center Edition give customers a digital hub for the living room with a powerful solution for managing their ever-increasing volume of digital audio, video and photographs. Systems based on AMD Athlon XP processors provide exceptional performance today and can scale with customers' future needs as they capitalize on the innovations offered in Windows XP Media Center.
"As the world's leading 3-D graphics company, ATI Technologies delivers the industry's fastest graphics ASICs, including the latest family of RADEON 9700 PRO and RADEON 9000 PRO products, which are the perfect solutions for Windows XP Media Center Edition's graphics and video display technologies. As a critically acclaimed and long-standing leader of PC multimedia solutions, including the ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO, ATI is proud to be a part of Media Center Edition's success."
"CompUSA customers understand technology. We know they'll find the idea of controlling their PC entertainment experiences from across the room to be very compelling. The remote control could well become the next standard PC peripheral; we see the HP Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition as an important first step toward the connected home."
"Creative Labs is excited to work with Microsoft and its OEM partners to supply the audio technology that powers media center PCs. We see Windows XP Media Center Edition as a great platform for extending opportunities to enjoy digital media in the home. The fun and freedom of the Media Center interface, together with the exceptional audio quality of the Audigy sound card, deliver an outstanding digital entertainment experience to consumers."
"With Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, PCs will become a central hub for all digital media entertainment. As the leader in digital video software development, CyberLink is proud to share our expertise in DVD playback and digital video recording technologies. We are also excited to take part with Microsoft in delivering rich media experiences and defining new values for the PC."
"We strive to anticipate our customers' needs and desires for integrated digital media experiences, and the Cyberpower Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition delivers the great look and performance they are seeking."
"This development is both fun and innovative. Integrating the power of the PC, DVD player, TV and home audio system, all controlled by a Media Center remote, opens up a compelling new world of home digital entertainment possibilities."
"Emuzed's TV Capture and Tuner card with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition will provide consumers with an unparalleled digital media experience by combining the entertainment of the television with the power of the PC."
"The HP Media Center PC with Windows XP Media Center Edition is what the future has in store this holiday season. We're very excited about showcasing this product and demonstrating how much more our customers can get from their PC. The Media Center interface is simple, elegant and highly functional. What a great idea to be able to kick back after the e-mails and spreadsheets and simply enjoy a wide variety of entertainment choices."
"Gateway is focused on providing customers with innovative solutions that make it easier to take advantage of all the benefits of digital media. The Gateway Media Center PC with our plasma TV and digital display is a superior platform for experiencing digital media in both the home and the classroom."
"Combining the rich media experience of the PC with television makes Windows XP Media Center Edition a blockbuster! With more than 10 years of experience making PC-based TV receivers, Hauppauge is proud to share our expertise with Microsoft's development teams -- Windows XP Media Center will redefine what it means to watch TV!"
"The introduction of Windows XP Media Center Edition and the new HP Media Center PC is the upshot of our shared goal of making technology an integral part of people's lives. Together, we've created a whole new way for people to experience their favorite pastimes, whether it's watching DVDs, listening to music, watching television, sharing and managing digital photos, or all of the other things PCs are normally used for, in one easy-to-use, integrated system."
"The Media Center PC is one of the first PCs to give consumers freedom to enjoy digital entertainment in new ways and new places around the home. The high performance of the Pentium® 4 processor combined with Windows XP Media Center Edition provides consumers with an incredible digital entertainment experience."
"Microsoft is creating a new industry by combining the best of PC and entertainment technology to create a singular operating system for consumers to manage everything from Word files to music to recording television. We are pleased that Microsoft chose InterVideo to power the DVR and DVD playback because it validates the hard work and technology of our entire company. We look forward to working with Microsoft to help create the ultimate media management operating system."
"NVIDIA's full family of graphics and multimedia processors provides the ultimate platform for Windows XP Media Center edition. Together, NVIDIA and Microsoft are evolving the PC platform into a multifunction home entertainment system, perfect for consumers who desire a versatile platform for all their digital music and DVD playback, TV recording and 3-D gaming needs."
"Windows XP Media Center Edition is an important new platform for delivering digital media to the home. Pressplay, with its extensive catalog of digital music, is already working with MSN® and Windows Media® to deliver the most compelling array of features to digital music consumers including on-demand streaming, downloading, CD burning and compatibility with many of today's leading portable devices. Media Center's remote-controlled viewing/listening experience will bring consumers a whole new way to enjoy their favorite digital entertainment."
"For years, consumers have been using a remote control device to control their audio/video experience. Creating a similar experience for the Windows XP Media Center is a logical step in making the convergence of the computer and entertainment sectors really happen from an end-user perspective. As a leading innovator and provider of remote control devices for the traditional audio/video consumer electronics market, we are pleased to work with Microsoft leveraging our patented Infra Red protocol technology and products."
"TMS' database and ability to interface with many applications and systems makes our data highly compatible with leading-edge applications such as Windows XP, and we are pleased to be part of this innovative new product. Consumers will find that our TV listings and entertainment information provide a highly accurate tool that they can rely on to help make programming decisions."
"We are excited to work with Microsoft on Windows XP Media Center Edition because home connectivity truly is the next frontier. For more than 15 years, UEI has been focused on simplifying the user interface for the growing complexity of devices in the home. This expertise positions us perfectly to complement Microsoft's product offerings and deliver a truly connected experience for consumers in our mutual quest to bring innovative computing technology into the home."