FIJI WANTS DIALOGUE WITH MICROSOFT OVER PRODUCT NAME

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New software update being called "Windows Fiji"

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive,) – Fiji’s interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji’s mission in Washington is still trying to establish contact with Microsoft before it launches its latest product.

His comments come after it was revealed that the next version of the Windows Media Center Edition is to be known as Windows Fiji.

Sayed-Khaiyum told Fijilive that the interim Government wanted to talk to Microsoft before the launch.

"In respect of the usage of the word Fiji by Microsoft through our foreign affairs and through our mission are still trying to establish contact with Microsoft to see an amicable resolution in respect of the use of word Fiji by Microsoft for their commercial gain," he said.

"We obviously will like to talk to them before the launch," he said.

While no word has been given as to how the bigwigs at Microsoft came up with the name, it’s understood that testing for the product began early May last year.

Ars Technica, a technology-related website that caters to PC enthusiasts, reports that it has in its possession screenshots which purport to show that Windows has agreed on Fiji as the name of the product.

Other screenshots show the model working well and build design similar to the Windows Vista model.

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about Fiji but according to industry insiders the software giant plans to add DirecTV support and a (separate from Windows Update) built-in updating engine dubbed "Windows Media Center Update."

Microsoft Windows’ Media Center Edition has been around for a few years but the latest generation – built into Windows Vista – mated with a new Media Center "Extender" makes significant progress towards bridging the gap between the home office and the living room.

Essentially an attractive full-screen application which runs on top of Windows, Media Center allows you to browse your digital photos, listen to music, play a DVD as well as watch and record television – all on your computer.

Insiders told Ars Technica that the last anyone heard, Fiji was supposed to build on the functionality that Microsoft delivered as part of Vista Service Pack 1.

Some potential testers said they heard that Fiji would deliver some of the fit and finish that was missing in the Vista release.

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