Matsushita will put Microsoft?s Windows CE operating system on its PC and TV based products under an agreement signed by the companies today.
Matsushita products are sold under the National, Panasonic and Technics brand names. Microsoft, which already has agreements with electronics giants Sony and Hitachi, is capitalising on the race for electronics companies to develop audio-visual and PC convergent products.
Microsoft subsidiary Web TV is also expected to begin selling Web TV Network boxes through Matsushita brands in Japan this autumn. Hitachi has confirmed that it plans to unveil a home multimedia product running Windows CE next year.
Sony, which announced an agreement with Microsoft in April, has already said it is on target to launch Windows CE compatible set-top boxes for interactive cable TV next year. They have also been working on developing PCs, digital TVs, video players and video cameras that slot into a home computer network.
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