In New Deals, Microsoft Gains Access to Movies, TV Content


Microsoft Corp. will get to use movies and television programming from several large entertainment companies, under new deals that may help it better compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes online service and rivals such as software maker Adobe Inc.

Microsoft said that NBC Universal Inc., Walt Disney Co., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Showtime Networks Inc. have agreed to contribute entertainment content to the software maker's Xbox Live and MSN online services. The deals were slated to be announced during a speech by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the opening night of the Consumer Electronics Show, the consumer electronics industry's annual conference here.

Mr. Gates also plans to announce that Microsoft has sold 100 million licenses to Windows Vista, the company's year-old operating system for personal computers. Sales of Windows Vista are being closely watched by Wall Street analysts and Microsoft customers because the software, critical to Microsoft's growth, has had middling reviews.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

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