Microsoft delays multimedia strategy day - again

Microsoft's multimedia market foray, based on its Talisman 3-D hardware and DirectX technologies, has been postponed. The delay, the project's second, was necessary to ensure that Microsoft officials could attend the day-long briefing, says a spokeswoman, and not an indication that the project was off schedule or that significant changes are being made.

Microsoft's multimedia market foray, based on its Talisman 3-D hardware and DirectX technologies, has been postponed.

The company's Jan. 28 strategy day in San Francisco has been postponed several weeks, a spokeswoman said. The delay, the project's second, was necessary to ensure that Microsoft officials could attend the day-long briefing, she said.

The spokeswoman said the postponement was not an indication that the project was off schedule or that significant changes are being made.

Microsoft plans to bring its planned 3-D graphics and multimedia hardware architecture -- code-named Talisman -- closer to reality by revealing the roles to be played by some hardware vendors who are also working on the project.

First announced last year, Talisman is a hardware reference design that will be used by vendors in the creation of motherboards and graphics accelerator cards. Also, Microsoft plans to update its DirectX collection of multimedia APIs so that they are "Talisman-aware."

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