Windows Media Center fans where very disappointed when Microsoft released the Developer Preview of Windows 8 without Windows Media Center but we told that it would be included in the final product (but in which SKU we don’t know). So I have all been waiting for the beta (now set to be called the Consumer Preview) to see if Media Center has any changes and to install Windows 8 on my PC connected to my TV.
It looks like we could be disappointed once again. The Verge are saying that they have been tipped off that Windows Media Center will not be included in the Consumer Preview which I think is going to be a really shame. I was aiming to install it on my Media Center machine but as its recording TV I can’t do this, the other machine I planned to install Windows 8 on was my HP Touchsmart which but again this runs Media Center and I wouldn’t want to loose this functionality.
While I don’t expect any changes to Windows Media Center in Windows 8 its a shame that we can’t at least give it a try and think it probably shows how Microsoft feel about Windows Media Center at the moment.
Microsoft on there BuildingWindows8 twitter account said
Good grief. We said “Media Center will definitely be part of Windows 8” inhttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/02/reflecting-on-our-first-conversations-part-2.aspxhttp://pic.twitter.com/6oNUOlHv
The image shows Windows Media Center running in build 8225 but that still doesn’t mean that Windows Media Center will be included in the Consumer Preview