Microsoft Details Windows Media Center Availability In Windows 8

Microsoft previously said that Windows Media Center program will be available in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft detailed how the Windows Media Center will be included in Windows 8. As in Windows 7, Media Center won’t be packaged with Windows OS itself since it added codec licensing costs for all the customers.

From Microsoft,

Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.

We will offer two ways to acquire Windows Media Center:

Starting point
OEM pre-installed, clean install, or upgrade
 End-user upgrade
Acquire & install via Add Features to Windows 8
 Ending point
Windows 8 Pro>Windows 8 Media Center PackWindows 8 Pro
with Media Center
Windows 8>Windows 8 Pro Pack>

Read more on this in the source link below.

Source: Building Windows 8 Blog

  • Anonymous

    …waits for the people to start bitching who havent played a single dvd in their pc for years and can download free software in a minute if they really wanted this feature.

  • Anonymous

    Media Center is included in Windows 7 Ultimate and Home Premium without any additional downloads (or cost). Whatever they decided to charge for this needs to be offset by a lower price for the OS. I’ve been running a Media Center PC since the XP Media Center Edition was released and intend to continue doing so.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they are charging for it, it will still be free.  They just require you to download it so they only have to pay for YOUR license and not all 600 million Windows users licenses.

  • Johan Nilsson

    Just scrap it and focus on ONE mediaplayer.

  • Anonymous

    In the age where Apple is controlling the standard features by supplying them as part of the OS to ensure quality customer experiences MS is taking the opposite approach. I agree with @vcfan:disqus and am thankful that users don’t use DVD playing functions much anymore so the impact of downloading crappy free DVD player software will be less widespread.

    However if they do this with other “standard expected” features things could get ugly quickly as users usually look for freeware and the quality of software from these sources is often not very well controlled. They sometimes come with lots of add-ins to other products like the browser without adequately informing the user. Or the user just clicks and installs (i know they need to be responsible) and will then bitch and moan how his PC is running slow and crap.