Microsoft, HP Push Wireless HD Access

The computing world hasn’t quite taken to Microsoft's new Vista operating system as dramatically as the company had wished.
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The computing world hasn’t quite taken to Microsoft’s new Vista operating system as dramatically as the company had wished. But the house that Bill Gates built sees a combination of Vista and wireless retrieval of HD media becoming ubiquitous household media tools of the future.

At the Digital Life expo in New York last weekend, Microsoft was pushing a concept whereby every DTV set in every household would be connected wirelessly to a central computer that would be running Microsoft’s Windows Media Center on the Vista operating system.

Microsoft said such a scenario would enable instant wireless access to HD cable content (among other content) anywhere in the home, according to Scientific American.

Similar to WiFi, Microsoft said its this scheme would be enabled through a set of wireless routers (known as “extenders” by Microsoft, albeit several times more expensive than today’s PC wireless routers) that will soon be made and sold by a variety of providers other than Microsoft, such as Linksys.

Also at the Digital Life expo, HP unveiled its MediaSmart-branded HD sets that eventually will support Microsoft Extenders via a software download, but the software won’t be available until early 2008.