It's been reported that Microsoft will be announcing a Windows 7 internet TV system at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, during its opening keynote.
According to the Seattle Times the new platform is supposed to be a stripped-down version of Microsoft's current Windows 7 operating system.
Steve Ballmer, who will be introducing the Microsoft keynote at CES, could outline a device which will incorporate the Windows Media Centre interface and bring together both online and broadcast content in one system. It will also get remote control as well as the media streaming support.
This news will add to the increasingly competitive internet TV market, posing a threat to the Google and Apple efforts; especially as Google recently asked certain manufacturers, including Toshiba, LG and Sharp, to withhold Google TV products from the CES show whilst its system is updated.
The new Microsoft boxes are expected to cost around the $200 mark and should go on sale sometime in 2011.
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