Microsoft Interactive Playtime Pals were a series of interactive toys released by Microsoft in April, 2011, which were in the form of licensed soft, cute, furry and cuddly dolls which could interact with certain episodes of their respective television series on DVD disc which were bundled with the dolls. It's the remake from Microsoft ActiMates.
Microsoft released twelve characters including Caillou, Frances, Arthur, his sister DW, the three Care Bears, Elmo, Curious George, Chuck the Dump Truck, Maryoku Yummy, Clifford, Biscuit the Little Yellow Puppy (and his friends) and The Cat in the Hat from daily television shows like Caillou, Arthur, Frances, Sesame Street, Biscuit the Little Yellow Puppy, Care Bears, Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog and more. The company would stop making the dolls in 2016. The plush dolls could interact with the TV and the computer (the Care Bears and The Cat in the Hat could not interact with the PC). The toys were marketed as educational tools and gave positive affirmations for correct answers from the user. They could also be played without the packs for the DVD player and Computer.
Microsoft brings new partners launching in stores in 2011. The Microsoft Interactive Playtime Pals early learning system is an innovative combination of products that work with personal computer or the TV and DVD player. The system focuses on learning readiness and early learning skills to make learning both fun and fascinating for preschoolers. Based by The Jim Henson Company, presents the preschool star Frances the beloved badger as the first Interactive Playtime character and others from PBS and Time Warner Cable Kids.
Parents or grandparents can choose to start with the Microsoft Interactive Playtime Pals needed on TV or PC, parents can give new life to the child's experience with additional CD-ROMs and DVD discs.