Microsoft’s Windows Media Center application has returned to Windows 8 in the latest pre-beta builds of the operating system.
Media Center has been spotted inside build 8141.0.winmain.111021 of Windows 8 and appears to be a standalone desktop application. Users at the MDL forums managed to secure early access to build 8141 and have revealed that the pre-beta copy includes Start Screen Metro app zoom features, changeable metro background color and other Start Screen tweaks.
Windows Media Center, Windows 7 games, DVD creator, upgrade setup and .NET 3.5 all missed the first developer preview build of Windows 8. Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, was forced to confirm that Media Center is still part of Windows 8 after early copies of the operating system began to leak. “I received about 50 emails about Media Center,” said Sinofsky in a blog post earlier this year. “I want to reassure customers that Media Center will definitely be part of Windows 8.” Media Center was missing in leaked builds of Windows 8, leading many to question the role of Microsoft’s flag ship entertainment product.
Microsoft is currently preparing for its beta copy of Windows 8. The software giant is expected to deliver the beta copy at CES 2012 in January.
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