Microsoft confirms Windows Media Center in Windows 8

Owing to PC user speculations, Steven Sinofsky, the President of the Windows Division has confirmed in a blog post that Windows Media Center will feature in Windows 8.

Windows Media Center is a digital video recorder and media player. It is an application that allows users to view and record live television, as well as organize and play music and videos. The application is included in various versions of Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate and all editions of Windows 7 except for Starter and Home Basic.

According to Steven Sinofsky ion the official Windows 8 blog;

By comparison, Media Player (66% of Windows users in July) and IE (88%) are popular rendering engines for all types of media content, including an increased volume of “premium” and streaming content. This is another place we’re reminded of the tremendous diversity of Windows activity.

However, Media Center will not be part of the first pre-release builds. Some other features/capabilities will not be in the first pre-release builds including: Windows 7 games, DVD Creator, upgrade setup, Dot Net 3.5. Steven clearly stated, that these are engineering decisions as well as business decisions.

He further stated, that more information on Windows 8 will be revealed when Microsoft hold its BUILD conference later this month.

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