Microsoft, MTV Unveil Windows Media® Player 11

Microsoft Corp. and MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., unveiled the new Windows Media® Player 11 and offered an early look at the URGE digital music service during Thursday’s (Jan. 5) keynote address at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The presentation was made by Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates, who was joined onstage by MTV Networks’ Music Group president Van Toffler and pop music superstar Justin Timberlake. Windows Media® Player 11 offers optimized device support and search capabilities that provide instant access to the entire URGE catalog of more than 2 million songs. Set to debut this year, URGE will offer a deep well of programming and editorial content to guide the consumer’s digital music experience, including exclusive content from MTV Networks’ CMT, MTV and VH1 brands.