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Microsoft has unveiled a new version of its Windows Media Center software designed to help fuel the convergence of entertainment with PCs.

Upgrade, dubbed Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, includes the ability to burn home movies and television onto DVDs, listen to and record radio broadcasts and automate CD ripping. It also features increased performance for previously available applications such as recording TV and manipulating digital images and music.

New version of the software also integrates broadband content offerings from a number of companies, including VOD providers Movielink and CinemaNow and digital music service Napster, which relaunches soon.

And in a move crucial to expanding Media Center beyond its small base, Microsoft signed on manufacturers Dell and Sony to build PCs with the software pre-installed and designed to operate as a home entertainment system.

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