Using Origami as a free alternate to Windows Media Center

Not many of you would know that you could actually run Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 on your regular Windows Vista machine. Origami offers touch features and is basically designed for Windows Ultra-Mobile PCs also known as UMPC's which are running Windows Vista.

You would be wondering what's the use of running a software optimized for touch screens of UMPC's on a regular machine? Well for those of you running Windows Vista Business which does not have the privilege of Windows Media Center could use Origami to have some sort of similar experience to Windows Media Center. Ofcoarse Windows Media Center is much superior to Origami and is completely meant for entertainment purposes of living rooms but since Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions comes pre-installed in most notebooks and they already have VMC so many of us already use it just to listen music or watch videos using the beautiful interface without having to use its TV features. But what about those who have Vista Business edition? Well there is a good news for them. If you are a Vista Business user who want to have a similar kind of cool looking interface to run your Music, Videos or see your pictures then Origami is not a bad alternate to VMC.

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(stevember said @ #3)
Don't work. I touched screen nothing happened...

Is that a joke, or do you really have a touch panel? ;)

Downloading it now, hope picture password works without the use of a touch panel

(morphen said @ #3.1)

Is that a joke, or do you really have a touch panel? ;)

Downloading it now, hope picture password works without the use of a touch panel :)

Picture Password doesnt work all that great without the touchscreen but its a great idea and one which we might see in Windows 7.

The question is: does it have as much DRM integrated to it than Media Center ?

If yes, than why bother. There are so many good software that do the same thing out there without all the crappy DRM.

(Captain555 said @ #5)
The question is: does it have as much DRM integrated to it than Media Center ?

If yes, than why bother. There are so many good software that do the same thing out there without all the crappy DRM.


This 'crappy' DRM (whether in Vista, or VMC or where ever.) hasn't ever bothered me or the post author. I don't know why it seems to be a pain in the a** of so many noobs.

Not that bad really. You can tell that the icons where made for a much smaller screen. They look kind of fuzzy. I'm just bummed out that you can't install it on windows XP. As the built in web browser would be much better for surfing the net on a 42 inch tv than using firefox or internet explorer. Nice big text.

Correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't that be a better thing for vista business, given that it does NOT come with Media center.

(warwagon said @ #6)
Correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't that be a better thing for vista business, given that it does NOT come with Media center.

The complete article at source talks exactly about that.

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