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Microsoft and Intel Push PC As Entertainment Hub

(sub. req.): At CES later this week, Intel and MSFT plan to announce a series of products that they say will make it easier to use PCs to organize movies, music and television shows while shuttling that media around the home. The announcements should also serve as a stepping stone in the two companies’ decade-long quest to embed Microsoft software and Intel microchips directly into TVs.

On the other hand, the TV/electronics companies believe their own devices will be easier and more enjoyable to use than the PC, which they view as a business tool that is prone to suffer from bugs, viruses and crashes. “I don’t mean to put down the PC, but it’s sort of like fast food,” says Ken Kutaragi, Sony’s technology czar.