Bill Gates Factor

Love it or hate it, but Microsoft is astute when it comes to convergence, making Bill Gates' empire a lesson in how to make a good tech marriage and an effective multimedia platform work. Windows applications themselves work with a bevy of other products that fall outside the Microsoft umbrella. The partnerships that have resulted are examples of convergence happening on all levels, though there is plenty of room for greater cross-pollination between the PC and CE worlds. While Apple is lauded for its design-conscious relationship between computers and audio, media centers offer yet another range of examples. "Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004

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