updated 07:20 am EDT, Mon June 14, 2004
Living room: Apple vs. MS
While Microsoft promised both video and audio streaming with its Media Center Extender due later this year, by promising to deliver next month AirPort Express, which has a smaller subset of features (audio streaming only): "But in terms of business strategy, the similarity between the Media Center Extender devices and AirTunes is notable. Both would effectively extend the companies' respective positions on the personal computer into the living room -- something that Microsoft, in particular, has long been seeking to do....Microsoft, in moving forward with its initiative to move both audio and video over the home network, 'has taken the big bite,' Wilcox said. 'The question is, will it be too much at once? Can they really deliver on the promise of the technology?'"