Baby steps toward home media nirvana

EE Times: Microsoft R&D efforts seek to bolster home networks. (Via Marc Canter, who saw it on a couple other blogs)

Microsoft is taking on the second-order challenges to make networked digital home media a reality. Not just linking up the devices, but coordinating the assets (movies, songs, etc.) stored on them. It’s one thing Steve Perlman’s Rearden Steel box did on its own platform. Ultimately, the standards need to transcend the boxes.