I know many readers will be hoping that when Windows 10 is released Windows Media Center will be an optional download as it was in Windows 8 but according to Ed Bott Windows Media Center will not be a part of the OS. This is no surprise to me as Windows Media Center development was stopped after the completion of Windows 7 and I didn’t expect to see it on the new OS.
Ed says that he was told last week at Build by a Microsoft executive that Windows Media Center will not be an option in Windows 10 and that any Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine that was updated to Windows 10 would lose Windows Media Center.
As I said I know many Media Center enthuststs will be upset but if you have a working Media Center setup there is no need to upgrade and there are plenty of other solution available if you do want to upgrade (like Emby).
Nothing has ever really come close to the all in one media center vision of Windows Media Center, had Microsoft continued to evolve it who knows what it could have turned into, maybe a cross platform media system?
I was told by someone at Microsoft back in 2009 that Windows Media Center was dead so I was surprised to see in Windows 8. I still have soft spot for Windows Media Center, it was the reason I got into podcasting and blogging but I have to say it is the right time to let it go.