Now that Windows 7 is done and the the current version of Windows Media Center is signed off and about to hit RTM where does Windows Media Center go next? The dream of the Extenders looks like its going away and other solutions are coming forward like DLNA, so where does this leave Windows Media Center? Microsoft seem to positioning Media Center as “TV on the PC” which to me contradicts the idea of the 10 foot UI. The idea of Windows Media Center is to have all your digital content in one place including TV but Microsoft seem to placing there effort in to Xbox and Zune market place and forgetting Media Center, then there are the connected TVs that are starting to show up with Ethernet ports for DLNA and internet content. I joked this week on Twitter that now that Google is launching there own OS should I launch a Google Chrome OS Media Center Show, while is not going to happen I could see in the future a cloud based system with all your content on it.
I still have my dream of all my content distributed around the network and be able to watch and listen to anything I want on any device, Windows Media Center still does that and I am committed to the platform but I fear others may not be any more
So what do Microsoft need to do to keep Windows Media Center relevant? Will we see it be left to die or will Microsoft take it to the next level with internet content and new TV formats like the new Freeview HD hitting the UK later this year?