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Microsoft said it will announce its membership in the Internet Home Alliance (IHA) on July 22. The IHA brings together companies from a wide…

Microsoft said it will announce its membership in the Internet Home Alliance (IHA) on July 22. The IHA brings together companies from a wide variety of sectors–including kitchen appliance makers, software vendors, and hardware companies–to conduct tests of wired rooms involving real consumers.

Microsoft hopes to play a role in helping to connect home devices with its software. The company already has made inroads into the home with products including its Media Center, which connects home entertainment devices; its MSN Internet service; and its Xbox gaming console.

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