This past week was filled with Microsoft related announcements as the company held its premier developer conference in San Francisco. While nearly all the announcements were forward looking, for Windows Media Center fans, this week included the final blow to the platform.
Microsoft has confirmed that the media software is dead and if a user upgrades to Windows 10, their PC will lose this functionality.
It's not a huge surprise that this platform is now being put to rest, and as Microsoft did not introduce any updates with Windows 8 or with Windows 10, it will no longer be compatible. But, the timing is a bit odd, with the rise of cord cutting, Media Center seems like a great companion for those who want cable-box like features, without the service.
Of course, the company's Xbox One is a good solution for cord cutters as well, which now even has the option to connect a tuner directly to the console. Seeing that for Media Center to work well, you would need to put a PC in the living room, the Xbox One is likely a more cost effective solution than a Windows Media Center setup.
Yes, we know the Xbox One is not a perfect solution, but if you are looking for similar capabilities in your living room, this is the best device for the job.
Via: Ed Bott