January 05, 2005 21:33 ET

Logitech to Build Universal Remote Certified for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005




JANUARY 5, 2005 - 21:33 ET

Logitech to Build Universal Remote Certified for
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

LAS VEGAS--(CCNMatthews - Jan 5, 2005) -

Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) (SWX:LOGN) today announced that it is working
with Microsoft to build and certify a next-generation Harmony®
universal remote that will control a PC running Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition 2005 -- and any entertainment devices that may be
connected to it. Logitech will first provide its technology as an
original equipment manufacturer (OEM) offering to Media Center PC
manufacturers. The company plans to introduce a retail version of the
remote this summer.

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 enables the best in home
entertainment, personal productivity and creativity on a home PC, in an
easy, familiar and connected way. With Media Center Edition 2005, people
can engage in a simple, seamless digital entertainment experience, with
digital photos, home movies, music, television and DVDs. The new Harmony
remote will offer people a single point of control for all their living
room entertainment, including their Media Center PC, high definition
television, home theatre stereo receiver, DVD player, and any other
device with an infrared receiver.

"With its ability to provide advanced universal remote control, the
Logitech Harmony technology promises to greatly extend the value of the
Media Center Edition 2005 platform, both for Media Center PC
manufacturers and users," said Joe Belfiore, general manager of the
Windows eHome division at Microsoft Corp. "The philosophy behind the
Media Center Edition 2005 platform is to provide all home entertainment
in an easy, complete and connected way. The Logitech Harmony advanced
universal remote complements that philosophy perfectly."

"Logitech and Microsoft are both committed to providing a simple,
unified, intuitive home entertainment experience," said Bryan McLeod,
vice president of Logitech's Remote Control group. "People can trust
that with the certification for the Windows XP Media Center Edition
2005, the Harmony remote is going to be optimized for that platform. And
with the remote's ability to control any other hardware tied to the
Media Center PC, we've helped to integrate the new world of
entertainment with the old."

Logitech Smart State Technology

Powered by Logitech's patented Smart State Technology®, Harmony remote
controls are designed to work the way people think, requiring just one
click of a button to initiate a home-entertainment activity. For
example, to watch TV on a satellite system with a Media Center PC, the
TV, home theatre receiver, and PC may all have to be powered up and set
to the right inputs. A Harmony remote can send all of the appropriate
infrared (IR) commands with one touch. Without the Harmony remote, the
activity might require pressing 10 or more buttons on several remote

All Harmony remotes are Internet-powered: They use a USB connection to
interface with the PC for programming the remote to control any
electronic components with an infrared receiver. Through the Internet
connection, the remote can access a shared, online database containing
information about tens of thousands of home stereo components and remote
controlled devices. Customers of the Harmony remote for Media Center PCs
will have their own online home page that details their exact setup and
can be viewed and managed through the Windows XP Media Center Edition
2005 interface.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal
peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and
communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss
public company traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S.
on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has
manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North
America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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their respective owners.


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