audience, and they even defined a unique case to showcase the offering.
The Xbox and MSN groups at Microsoft have been more like independent companies loosely coupled with
the parent. A few months ago, MSN was brought back into the fold and made strategic again -- so much so that there are rumors suggesting Microsoft may
buy AOL from Time Warner. The GDC was the coming-out party for the Xbox group to move through the same process.
While they didn't actually announce the Xbox 2, I think I have enough to create a reasonably strong idea about what that will be. I'll end this column
with my predictions on this highly anticipated new version of the product.