Exclusive: Microsoft Windows Media Center Plans for 2005/6

In the third look at the future of current Microsoft technologies we take a look at where Windows Media Center Edition is heading.

This year will see the release of a small update for Windows Media Center Edition 2005. Bringing the Media Center Edition version up to v4.0. The update is due to beta in March and last approximately 4 months until it RTMs. There will be a Beta 1, Beta 2, RC0, RC1 before Release to Manufacturing.

The update is currently at M1 stage awaiting escrow for Beta 1. Code named Emerald the update is expected to Improve the following:

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Looking deep into the future for 2006, Microsoft are planning a Media Center v5.0. Currently code named Diamond the release will rely upon Longhorn Premium and Longhorn Ultimate. These two editions of Longhorn are expected to include v5.0 of Media Center. Current dates are following the same pattern as the Longhorn schedule I posted recently.

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