Since 2004, Microsoft has been powering Comcast’s set-top box software in Washington state. But now Comcast plans to drop Microsoft and use the same software the cable company is using elsewhere: GuideWorks, which is the product of a joint venture between Comcast and Gemstar-TV Guide.
“We’re focused on developing a single guide and a platform across the country,” said Steve Kipp, a regional Comcast spokesman. “We believe this will bring our customers a consistent user experience and allow us to integrate new features onto the guide more quickly than in the past.”
The decision is a setback for Microsoft in its quest to woo cable companies.