Save 'Media Center' in Windows 10

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Windows Media Center (WMC or just 'Media Center') is a fully featured digital/personal video recorder (DVR/PVR) and media player (videos, musics, pictures, DVD & Blu-Ray) that can easily access and share digital content - including recorded TV scheduling and playback - across one or multiple devices around the home.

Media Center has been a signature feature of premium versions of Windows since 2002 - until Windows 10. The latest and apparently 'best Windows yet' due for release on July 29 2015 will no longer offer Media Center and anyone who upgrades will miss out.

The easy to use interface and functionality of Media Center remains a favorite of many users despite a swathe of other programs and services. They never seem to live up to the features or 'all-in-one' solution that Media Center can offer.

Microsoft - please don't abandon one this successful product and it's loyal users.

Features & History of Media Center:

Media Center can run on nearly any PC built since 2002, doesn't require proprietary hardware, infinitely expandable storage capacity, allows different brands and types of tuners (analog, digital over-the-air, Clear QAM, CableCard) and third-party plugins including Netflix.

Media Center can stream both live and recorded content to Media Center Extenders such as the Xbox 360 consoles or the Ceton Echo* (Windows 7 only). TV guide data and recordings can be accessed/scheduled from any device. Start watching a recorded show in one room, keep watching in another.

Microsoft 'abandons' Media Center:

In 2009 at the release of Windows 7, Microsoft discontinued development on Windows Media Center and only offered the 2009 version as a paid add-on in Windows 8/8.1.

On May 5 2015, Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed the official 'death notice' on Twitter: "We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media Center will not be part of Windows 10."

Additionally, Windows 10 won't support native DVD playback until an 'update' is released months after Windows 10 is released - something that Media Center can do already.

Whilst Media Center will still works on Windows 7 and 8.1, those operating systems will only be supported until 2020 and 2023.

Possible 'Solutions':

Offer the existing version as an app or add-on in Windows 10.

Or, develop a new Media Center app - combining the best features from the existing Media Center with the apps and non-gaming features made for the Xbox.

Or, release the existing code for the open source community to build on.

Microsoft - if you won't keep it alive, at least set it free.



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