US software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a new technological assault that will bring music, movies and television into consumers' living rooms via their home computers.

Microsoft chief Bill Gates unveiled the expanded Windows XP Media Centre 2005 operating system, a group of software and linked hardware products that can turn a computer into home entertainment centre on which people can download music, movies, watch television or listen to radio.

The US firm, which has long battled to win a secure foothold to allow it to dominate the digital entertainment and TV market, hopes the updated system will make Microsoft the leading force in the burgeoning sector.

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