So we heard it through the grapevine that Microsoft's gonna one-up Sling and Orb with the possibility of integrating a streaming media playback feature into Media Center. We always kind of thought Microsoft would just up and buy Orb Networks for their technology -- especially since it doesn't seem like Orb has any real long term business plan-- but according to BetaNews, Microsoft is far enough into their home streaming media server development that they're showing working demos of video and textual remote Media Center control over EDGE cellular connections. Well hot diggity, with any luck we won't have to wait for Vista to get it, too.

[Via eHomeUpgrade]

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Microsoft's building an Orb/Slingbox killer into Media Center?