For over a decade Microsoft had been in to the IPTV--as back in 1994, the company had first fielded its IPTV on-demand service, codenamed "Tiger"--has today sold it off to Ericsson.
Microsoft since, has partnered with a number of OEMs worldwide to offer Mediaroom services, "the number one IPTV platform deployed by TV operators around the world," according to claims by Microsoft.
Mediaroom has contributed to the evolution of TV and powers 22 million set-top boxes today in 11 million subscriber households.
In a definitive agreement, Microsoft and Ericsson announced that the later has acquire Mediaroom.
The acquisition is mutually beneficial and strategically aligned for both parties. "It allows Microsoft to commit 100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox in its mission to make it the premium entertainment service that delivers all the games and entertainment consumers want - whether on a console, phone, PC or tablet," Microsoft stated.
And with 76 million Xbox 360 consoles around the world with 46 million Xbox LIVE members, it is a mission that gets us out of bed in the morning.
While, Ericsson will continue to invest in the growth and success of Mediaroom to the benefit of customers, employees, and the industry.
In other news, Microsoft has announced that it is only 365 days remaining until Windows XP end of support comes into the affect.
Microsoft had in 2001 launched the XP, that become one of the Microsoft's most popular operating system of its time, and remain so even after more than a decade.
Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP users.
This means that customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to leverage tech support from Microsoft after this time.
"On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or consumer customers," Microsoft stated.
If your business is still running Windows XP, now is the time to upgrade to a modern OS platform either to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Update 04/09: Microsoft in a press release stated that ".... those that haven't yet started their migration process need to begin as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the April 8, 2014, deadline."
Adding, that Office 2003 support will also end a year from now.
In addition, the company has also launched a new program for small and medium size businesses to make it easier to move to Windows 8--and will offer a 15% discount on buying both Windows 8 Pro as well as Office 2013 Standard.
The discount ends on June 30th and is available for up to 100 licenses each of Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 Standard.