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Microsoft begins beta testing next gen Windows Media Center

by Brad Linder, posted May 21st 2008 11:04AM

Fiji

Microsoft has reportedly begun testing the next generation of Windows Media Center, which bears the codename Fiji. There's not a lot of information about the beta test. We can't say for sure how many users are involved, or if and when Microsoft will expand the beta.

It's likely that the update will add support for the upcoming DirecTV tuner. But other than that, it's not entirely clear whether Fiji will sport any new features, or whether it'll just be a refined version of Windows Vista Media Center.

Microsoft is on track to release Windows 7 sometime around 2010. Windows 7 is the codename for the operating system that will eventually replace Windows Vista. Fiji, on the other hand, will be an intermediate update that will basically bring a new version of Media Center to Vista users. There's no official word on when Fiji will be released, but it could be out by the end of this year.

Participants in the private beta are bound by a pretty strict non-disclosure agreement, which is why it's been difficult to get any real information about the beta. But if anyone feels like sharing some info feel free to hit the tips link at the top of this page.

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Doug

Great, you can say hardware - Now can you say NDA violation!?

FYI Ed - Most hard drives are not solid state. If it moves (spins) it's not solid state. Memory is solid state as such hard drives made of memory are and are also super expensive.

June 02 2008 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brainfish

I'm in the beta but my media PC bit the dust about a day after MS shipped out the hardware to use with it :(

(yes I did say hardware!)

May 21 2008 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

As someone who skipped the DVD generation and went straight to solid-state-based media (e.g. Hard drives), I wish I was in the beta! The old models needs tweaks so I hope it comes sooner than later.

May 21 2008 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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