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Canada Loves Microsoft

5:50 PM -- You've likely noticed that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Mediaroom IPTV platform was missing from our report on the world's top 10 IPTV deployments. (See Top Ten: IPTV Carriers.) Not a single one of the 10 largest IPTV services in the world uses Microsoft's middleware.

But Microsoft does have an impressive list of carriers that are either using or trialing its middleware, so it could still command a large presence on our future top ten lists. Today, it scored another customer win with MTS Allstream Inc. , a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (See MTS Picks AlcaLu & Microsoft.)

Mediaroom is also being trialed by BCE Inc. (Bell Canada) (NYSE/Toronto: BCE). BCE has not started giving official figures for its IPTV service, but should it be a success, Microsoft could be a major video player in the Great White North.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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