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Microsoft Discusses Plan for Homes

November 27, 2001

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ Microsoft Corp. on Monday elaborated on its vision for the home of the future. And, not surprisingly, it seems influenced more by Bill Gates than George Jetson.

The PC, powered by Microsoft’s operating system, will deliver personalized entertainment, unified communications and control to consumers, according to the software giant’s eHome Division.

Though such PC-centric visions have been touted in the past, the new Windows XP operating system will make such dreams a reality, said Mike Toutonghi, vice president of the eHome division.

EHomes, which was formed in March under the Windows Platforms Group and New Media Platforms Division, has been collecting responses from focus groups on what is most desired by consumers, Toutonghi said.

``They want more personal communications. They want simpler communications. They want their communications to be integrated across their different devices,″ he said.

No product details or timelines were announced during Monday’s presentation at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus.

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