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Microsoft Set To Unveil Set-Top Box At CES

Microsoft is expected to launch its own set-top box for home TVs to compete with rivals Google and Apple.

The Seattle Times reports that Microsoft will be unveiling the device during the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

The Microsoft device is expected to run on a version of Windows designed especially for set-top boxes, coupled with its Windows Media Center interface. The device is set to offer online content on connected TVs and also come with streaming and remote control capabilities.

According to the report, the set-top box will retail for under $200 and will be available to customers later this year. More information is expected to be revealed at Micrsooft's keynote at CES.

It will be interesting to see if Microsoft's venture fares better than Google's. Google has reportedly asked partners to stop the production of its Google TV devices until it releases a software update.