Microsoft Seeks Ultimate Windows Media Center Installation

DENVER — Sept. 5, 2007 — Calling all custom installers!
Microsoft Corp. is searching for the custom installation industry’s
innovators to submit distinctive installations for the Windows®
Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. The first of its kind, this
design contest seeks to recognize the residential custom electronics
systems installation business that best utilizes Windows Media Center
in a custom installation solution.

Increasingly, Windows Media
Center is being implemented in solutions for the custom channel, so
Microsoft is challenging industry professionals to present their most
unique and creative installations using the technology. The contest was
announced at CEDIA EXPO 2007.

“This is a chance not only to show
the amazing things custom installers can do with the Windows Media
Center platform, but also to have some fun,” said Scott Evans, group
manager in the Entertainment and Devices eHome Division at Microsoft.
“Our partners in the custom channel are taking our software and
building incredible digital home solutions, so we decided now was a
great time to give them the chance to showcase their best work and
compete to be recognized as the ultimate MCE installer.”

Contest Eligibility Overview

Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest is about finding the best
implementation of MCE designed and installed as a part of a residential
electronics system:

company may submit up to two unique entries to the contest, which must
include an installation overview and description that detail the
featured highlights of the installation as well as a list of integrated

Each entry must contain information regarding the project cost and engineering details of the installation.

The installation must be completed before the close of the entry period on Nov. 1, 2007.

are looking for an installer who is able to create a seamless user
experience using Windows Media Center devices,” Evans said.
“Creativity, originality and functionality will all impact the judges’
decisions, but the installer’s success integrating Windows Media Center
into the heart of the home will reflect the ‘Ultimate Install.’”