Microsoft plans to demonstrate PCs running its Windows 2000 successor, the Whistler operating system, with Microsoft TV software at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam this week.
The latest Whistler preview, most likely of the 32bit Personal Server version, features embedded Microsoft TV software. Whistler is expected to be targeted at both the home and business computing markets.
Microsoft is developing both markets using the same Windows NT kernel. But even though the 32bit consumer, and 32bit and 64bit business versions of Whistler will share the same kernel, they will not duplicate feature sets, said Microsoft.
The company posted its second developers' preview of Whistler on its private tester website at the end of August, and it expects to ship Whistler commercially in the second half of 2001.
Microsoft TV director Ed Graczky said PC-based appliances, configured for specific uses, will be important platforms in the near future. "We are taking software components from the Microsoft TV platform and integrating them into the next version of Windows," he said.
Whistler is not the first Microsoft operating system that the software giant is aims to position as a home-entertainment hub. The company is also targeting Windows Millennium Edition as a multimedia entertainment centre operating system.
Neil McDonald, an analyst at Gartner, said Microsoft's plan to add technology to the Whistler version of Windows 2000 to support digital television is yet another attempt to find life for Windows in the post-PC era.
"Microsoft's strategy is a pragmatic shotgun approach. It is placing a relatively small bet in each emerging technology category to ensure itself a spot at the table," he said.
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