Stories by Sam Costello

MS, GE Announce Home Networking Standard

BOSTON (06/21/2000) - Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that it has partnered
with General Electric Co. and a number of other companies to develop a new,
unified home networking standard.

The new standard, dubbed SCP, or Simple Control Protocol, was unveiled at the
Home Automation Show and Conference in Chicago. SCP is meant to increase
interoperability with the current crop of home networking technologies through
compatibility with Microsoft's Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) architecture, as
well as devices based on IP (Internet Protocol), Microsoft said in a written
statement. SCP also interacts with non-IP-capable devices such as refrigerators
or coffee pots.