According to a report published by AppleInsider Microsoft will take on Apple TV.
“Microsoft’s going to make a splash in this market with a stripped-down version of Windows tailored for set-top boxes and connected TVs,” wrote author Brier Dudley. “The software is a version of its embedded device software, overlaid with the Windows Media Center interface, with media streaming and remote-control capabilities.”
The Microsoft Windows based set top boxes or TV services will reportedly go on sale later this year and cost around $200. By comparison, the new streaming Apple TV costs only $99.
In November, reports emerged that Microsoft was planning an Xbox-based streaming TV service in hopes of becoming a “virtual cable operator.” At the time, sources claimed that Microsoft was at least 12 months away from launching the product.