For Microsoft, It's "Inactive Tv"

Missed deadlines have cost it a chunk of the set-top biz

Apparently, you can't buy friends the way you used to. Consider Microsoft Corp. In the past three years, the Redmond (Wash.)-based software giant has dipped into its multibillion dollar cash hoard and invested over $10 billion in cable companies around the world. The conventional wisdom: Microsoft was buying market share for its fledgling interactive TV software.

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