Microsoft to Launch 'Symphony' Oct. 12


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Microsoft Corp. plans to introduce several new consumer products on Oct. 12 at an event in Los Angeles. The announcements are expected to include an update to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 and the first devices using Media Center Extender technology.

The Redmond, Washington, software maker has hosted events in September or October for the past two years to introduce new Media Center products for the December shopping season. In 2002, Microsoft announced the first version of Windows XP Media Center Edition, followed by an update, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, last year.

This year's event at The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center in Los Angeles will include a presentation by Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. Several Microsoft partners, including hardware makers Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Gateway Inc., are expected to attend.

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I sure hope so! Supposedly Microsoft is thinking about offering it for sale, but I haven't heard any updates on that rumor yet.