Last year Windows Embedded Standard Edition SP1 was released one of the big things for Media Center enthusiast was the inclusion of Windows Media Center and the option to build set top boxes with the platform. At CES 2011 Microsoft had a demo room full of Windows Media Center Embedded systems where the potential of an Embedded version of Windows Media Center was shown off, the Windows Embedded team had added some nice features to Media Center and since there doesn’t seem to be anyone in the Media Center team at Microsoft anymore they were the only ones doing any work on the platform.
So it’s doesn’t look to good for Media Center that the set top box template and the Media Center components are not present in the CTP build of Windows 8 Embedded. It could be that the components will be added in a future build but its not a good signal to send out to OEMs looking at using Media Center in a set top box. One thing to note is that there are WTV codecs listed in the build so a embedded device could playback WTV files in Windows Media Player.
To me it looks like Windows Media Center Embedded is no more, there is nothing in this build and from the lack of news coming out of this years CES I doesn’t look good.
Set Top Box option in Windows Embedded Standard 7
No set top box option in Windows 8 Embedded
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