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Microsoft frees up Freestyle

Would you like that TV show for here or to go?

Microsoft on Thursday will formally announce that Alienware and Toshiba plan to release notebooks running Windows XP Media Center Edition, originally code-named Freestyle. Using the software, which is a variation of Microsoft's flagship operating system, consumers will be able to watch TV shows on their portables and record the shows to their hard drives.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday evening gave a preview of the new notebooks during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Alienware plans to offer its first Windows Media Center notebook by the end of January, while Toshiba is expected to launch its first model later in the year.

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News source: c|net

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