June 23, 2012

Bought Into Microsoft's Media Center? You Poor Sap

Ben Drawbaugh, writing for Engadget:

"It was one thing when our favorite HTPC app didn't get a single enhancement, but another when it didn't receive a single bug fix. Now, in the latest Release Preview of Windows 8 the folks at Redmond have gone out of their way and disabled the ability to boot directly to Windows Media Center -- a feature required for any proper HTPC build."

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls ...

That is, if you bought into Microsoft's Media Center product rather than any other DVR technology, you're in for a rude awakening. It looks like the dedicated appliance arrangement centered on Media Center is on the way out. Count on declining support until the product is altogether canceled.

I think this is less about Microsoft losing interest in the product than their gaining a great deal of interest in pivoting the company toward mobile computing.

So cheer up. Windows RT on a Microsoft tablet is gonna be great! You can watch movies on that!