Windows Media Center has long been an enthusiast’s favorite with a strong and loyal community of users that have been using the system for years. However Windows 10 will not feature the Media Center at all and this has upset many enthusiasts. Microsoft say the reason for this is their metrics show very low usage counts, which could be explained by Media Center being a chargeable option for Windows and not just the use base based moving on.
As I had said before if you already have a Windows Media Center system running on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then you can continuing use it, you don’t have to upgrade to the new OS.
So the question is does Windows Media Center really need saving? A group of Media Center fans have setup an online petition asking Microsoft to save Windows Media Center by either open sourcing it, distributing it as an app or by restarting development of it. So far the take up for the petition has been fairly small and I wonder if that is either because Media Center users are happy with their current setups, they are looking at alternative systems like Emby or resigned to the fate of the OS?
Personally I think Windows Media Center has had its day and it is time to move and if you are happy with your current Media Center setup just stick with it. It is highly unlikely that Microsoft would change their mind even with high numbers of signatures but if you do feel strongly about it then sign the petition and leave a comment on this post. Ten years ago I started out our weekly podcast just to talk about Windows Media Center but time change and I think it’s time to let it go.