Microsoft confirmed on Friday that Media Center is still part of Windows 8.
Windows chief Steven Sinofsky confirmed that Media Center is still very much part of Windows 8 after receiving feedback on the topic. “I received about 50 emails about Media Center,” said Sinofsky in a blog post on Friday. “I want to reassure customers that Media Center will definitely be part of Windows 8.” Media Center was missing in recent leaked builds of Windows 8, leading many to question the role of Microsoft’s flag ship entertainment product. Sinofsky confirmed that Media Center will not be part of the first pre-release build of Windows 8, expected at BUILD later this month:
“Knowing how strong the support for Media Center is among pre-release testers, we still have work to do to make sure the quality and compatibility with add-ins is what you would expect even in pre-release (as with any release of Windows, compatibility is a major effort and when we work on the underlying video engine, as one example, we have to make sure features that push these areas receive adequate coverage).”
Sinofsky also revealed that Windows 7 games, DVD creator, upgrade setup and .NET 3.5 will also miss the first pre-release builds of Windows 8. Microsoft has clearly not decided which SKUs of Windows 8 will include Media Center and Sinofsky confirmed it’s too early to discuss the versions of Windows 8 at this stage.
Microsoft appears to be focusing on the integrated media experience in Windows 8 but not neglecting its hardcore Windows Media Center users. “We’re completely committed to delivering Media Center in Windows 8,” said Sinofsky. He also revealed some usage data for Media Center for July. Windows Media Center was launched by 6% of Windows 7 users worldwide in July. The most frequent users of Media Center reside in Russia, Mexico and Brazil.
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