The TV and A/V spaces have been the elusive final frontier for Microsoft, but now that everything's going digital, what once seemed ludicrous and meant only for the ultra-geeky—bringing the TV, the A/V center and the PC together—now makes perfect sense to a growing number of consumers.
But hey, it's Microsoft, right? Who's going to rely on the people who elevated the terms "blue screen of death" and "general protection error" to the status of American colloquialisms to control a home theater setup?
Skeptics abound when it comes to Microsoft's attempts to infiltrate the worlds of CE and A/V. It has failed famously in the past; remember UltimateTV? The company's first go at media center PCs in 2002 neglected to turn on the American public. And, quite simply, its products crashed too much, and we still don't know just how buggy or crash-prone this new version is.