TCI, Microsoft finalise Windows CE licensing agreement

Microsoft and Tele-Communications (TCI) have finalised an earlier agreement to integrate Windows CE into some of the US cable TV giant's digital set-top boxes. The licensing agreement, announced back in January, calls for TCI to incorporate at least five million copies of Microsoft's Windows CE operating system and related software into its upcoming digital set-top boxes. The new version of Windows CE makes it possible to offer new television programming and Internet content, such as video and graphics

Microsoft and Tele-Communications (TCI) have finalised an earlier agreement to integrate Windows CE into some of the US cable TV giant's digital set-top boxes.

The licensing agreement, announced back in January, calls for TCI to incorporate at least five million copies of Microsoft's Windows CE operating system and related software into its upcoming set-top boxes.

The two companies have now finalised the terms and conditions for delivery and deployment of the Microsoft software, the companies said today in a statement. While they did not specify the details of the final contract, the original announcement called for TCI to incorporate Windows CE into five million of its planned 12 million cable set-top boxes, to be launched in early 1999.

The new version of Windows CE, specifically developed for use with TCI's advanced digital cable set-top boxes, makes it possible to offer new television programming and Internet content, such as video and graphics, the companies said.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at http://www.microsoft.com/. TCI can be reached at http://www.tci.com/.

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