Convergence: Yahoo! and Microsoft Announce Relationship

Yahoo! has announced in this news release that:

+ The "Best of Yahoo" (including My Yahoo! and Yahoo! Premium Video) will be available to consumers through Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Yahoo! today announced an agreement with Microsoft to extend Yahoo! services to Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Microsoft's version of the Windows operating system designed to provide all-in-one, digital entertainment experiences. Under the agreement, consumers will be able to access Yahoo! services optimized especially for the digital home environment. Yahoo! expects to deliver a variety of services and content over the course of the coming year via Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, with the first offerings being made available in the coming weeks.

Very interesting to see two of the "big guys" partnering on something. Also, worth noting the MS use of My Yahoo! versus the personalization that MSN currently offers.

+ The launch of the Yahoo! Digital Home Developer Program

The Yahoo! Digital Home Developer Program will allow consumer electronics companies and other software integrators to make Yahoo! content and services accessible to their Internet-enabled stereos, televisions and other home electronic devices.