Microsoft and Samsung Electronics today announced a broad agreement to collaborate on consumer PCs and consumer electronics products for the digital home.
The joint effort is the first strategic alliance for Microsoft’s eHome Division, a new business unit formed earlier this year.
The memorandum of understanding was ratified in Seoul at a meeting between Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and President and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics’ Digital Media Business Dr. Daeje Chin.
As part of the agreement, Samsung Electronics will support a variety of products and technology areas related to Microsoft’s desktop and embedded Windows products including Windows Media Technologies, the Microsoft .NET Platform and upcoming eHome initiatives.
Samsung will expand on its Windows CE investments to develop a wide range of smart digital appliances as part of its ‘Digital Platforms’ vision.