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Entertainment World Wary of Microsoft

No kidding, really? Anyway, these days, studios fear digital piracy more than they fear Microsoft and have slowly begun to make deals to use its software tools, albeit on a non-exclusive basis. At a time when studios are seeking to make higher-quality versions of movies and television shows available on everything from computers to cell phones, dealing with Microsoft has become almost unavoidable.

MSFT’s efforts include Janus DRM for portable subscriptions, joining the AACS LA consortium, and recent hiring of Blair Westlake, a former chairman of the Universal Television and Networks Group, to bridge the gaps between Hollywood, consumer electronics companies and government regulators.