BBC teams up with Microsoft to explore Net content possibilities

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The big cheeses of the BBC and Microsoft have met in Seattle to discuss how the BBC can better get its content online and keep at the forefront of technology.

BBC DG Mark Thompson met Bill Gates to sign a non-exclusive deal that will see Microsoft working on plans for the BBC’s news archive, a web 2.0 project (BBC beta, perhaps?), and new ways of sharing content.

Thompson is keen that BBC ’embraces the creative challenges of the digital future’ and this is a ‘strategic partnership’ with Microsoft. The two companies aim to find areas of common interest such as search, navigation, distribution, and ‘content enablement’ (inventing new words might be another area)

Do we want to see a partnership between Auntie and Bill?

Andy Merrett

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  • Although I don’t really mind the BBC teaming up with Microsoft, I do find the possibility of the BBC moving more towards proprietary Microsoft formats, particularly Windows Video, to be slightly alarming.

    Being a Mac user, it’s already difficult enough to get protected WMV’s to play without the BBC heading down that road.

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