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Has Windows Media Center been a hit or miss for Microsoft?

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 24th 2008 4:07PM
Vista Media CenterMicrosoft has been offering Windows Media Center since 2002. But six years later, many PC users don't even know the 10-foot interface for viewing media and recording TV shows exists -- even if it's already installed on their computers.

But does that make Windows Media Center a failure? MSNBC seems to think so. In an article on Microsoft's hits and misses during Bill Gates tenure, MSNBC calls Windows Media Center a miss.

It's true that other products like TiVo and generic set top boxes have been more successful at infiltrating the living room. Not only do these consumer devices let users record and pause television, but in many cases they're letting users access internet services without a TV.

Meanwhile, few people want to stick a computer next to their television set. But that might not be the point. Windows Media Center might not be as familiar a name as TiVo, but the software is powerful and well thought out. And high end home theater PC makers have been designing fancy computers to take advantage of the software for years. And a growing number of companies are releasing Windows Media Extenders that let users access media on a PC connected to a home network without sticking a PC next to the television.

What do you think? Is Windows Media Center a hit or a miss? Keep in mind, MSNBC considers Halo a hit and Clippy a miss. So what I'm really asking is whether MCE fits in the same category as Clippy.

[via Chris Lanier]

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Sion Buckler

Media Receive do not agree. we are installing and supporting the fight to get this great lifestyle mainstream. There are so many manufacturers backing this system, we already offer a massive choice of products.

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June 27 2008 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joey

While I am a fan of media center and use it everyday (just like the members of thegreenbutton.com whom Chris is a member of) Microsoft never really marketed it well.

It's unfortunate really as media center could handle all your media so that you would just have one interface and one remote to access everything.

And while computer manufactures like Sony, HP and Gateway tried their best with more living room friendly PC, Microsoft needed to bring more awareness to consumers.

June 24 2008 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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