LA Times: Microsoft’s Digital Fate May Hinge on X-Factor

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LA Times staff writer P.J. Huffstutter writes:

“Determined to head off Sony Corp. in the battle to control
digital entertainment, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is
expected to unveil details Friday about his company’s secret video
game machine, dubbed the X-Box.”

“The X-Box is only one of several key efforts the Redmond,
Wash., giant recently has made to maintain its dominance across the

“The X-Box has a microprocessor, a graphics chipset, a hard
drive for storage, a port to connect to the Net and a customized
operating system that is tailored for the video game machine.
While sources say the software retains elements of Microsoft’s
Windows program, it works much faster than anything used on a