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Consumer Electronics Show 2006

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Microsoft Corp., which has found a foothold in the consumer's living room with its Xbox video game consoles, will be making a broader push in 2006 to help realize the elusive dream of a digital lifestyle for the masses, Chairman Bill Gates told a packed house in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

A key ingredient will be the release of the software giant's next-generation operating system for personal computers, called Vista, which the company promises will start selling later this year, said Gates in his kick-off keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show.

"Consumers are getting more and more connected, with richer experiences, and software is at the center of that," he said. "Software has to provide power, but software also has to provide simplicity."

Vista is more than a fancy upgrade to Microsoft's current Windows XP operating system, analysts say.

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