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Windows Media Center in Windows 8 will be paid upgrade

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    True! The Tablet PC offers portability for sales team on the go as well as live sync through the soon to come Metro apps for Cloud services. Even the present form of Windows Live Hotmail will undergo a rebranding of a sort. I just came acros this report over at VF. Microsoft to Retire Windows Live Brand Ahead of Windows 8 Launch - Vista Forums

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    This is a bad decision. They are risking already by using a user-interface that is not user-friendly or intuitive or visually appealing but removing a feature that should be free to average home users who will want to play dvds. This is a bad idea. Unless Microsoft has computer manufacturer's install the professional version they have lost a chunk of customers. It's confusing that their products always have all these different versions but to remove such an important feature is their biggest mistake. Making us pay premium for a basic feature? Media player has always been bundled with all versions.
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    Well WMP wasn't by any means the best player over the years but first came along back in 1991 for Windows 3.0 with the original Media Player. That particular edition of Windows however came prepacked on Multimedia capable machines only back then. It was able to play animations mostly with extensions being added on. Video for Windows first saw light with 3.1 as a free addon proceeding what would be seen for 95.

    For the 9X family and ME 5.1 and later 6.4 were separate downloads while 2000 and XP saw WMP 6.4 bundled with 2000 and at first WMP 8 with XP later to see 9 on with SP2 disks due to Vista's lengthy delay. 10 was a totally separate release for XP still prior to Vista's arrival with 11. WMP 12 is not only in 7 but the same for 8 but with something missing! The full history is seen at Wikipedia. Windows Media Player - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I remember back when first seeing 9 right after getting the SP 2 disk where I had been downloading it until 10 was seen with codecs included as well as support for more things like dvds and live media streams over what was supported with the previous versions. Whether included or not MS has always had a free video player starting off in the Legacy days to suddenly run into this?

    Information has it while MS will save on licensing the 8 machines that come out will be higher priced those those with 7. Some of that would be explained away with the Metro and touchscreen while the actual prices are yet to be seen this early.
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    Windows Media Center and Player are bottom rung solutions at best, many free and better solutions are out there, one just needs to look.

    If one has to ask about pricing than you probably shouldn't be buying it, people are funny, they are on their multi hundred dollar computers, in their homes that cost in the $1,000's of month for mortgage, have their car on the drive, spend hundreds a year on internet service and then complain that windows 8 is going to cost $129 instead of $79, really?
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    This report explains that while licensing fees are only 83 cents per computer, MS and the computer manufacturers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars every year for royalties. Yet about half of all laptops don't even include a DVD player! It is not known how much they have to pay for MP3 rights, either.

    How much do DVD and digital media playback features really cost? | ZDNet
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    WMC is far from bottom rung.

    If there are so many better options why is an entire section of the Windows 7 forum used for WMC extenders? I've tried others and they just plain suck in comparison.

    Msoft's refusal to include a PC mode was bad enough but removing the ability to play a simple DVD is ridiculous and short sighted.

    It probably won't cost much extra anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    Windows Media Center and Player are bottom rung solutions at best, many free and better solutions are out there, one just needs to look.

    If one has to ask about pricing than you probably shouldn't be buying it, people are funny, they are on their multi hundred dollar computers, in their homes that cost in the $1,000's of month for mortgage, have their car on the drive, spend hundreds a year on internet service and then complain that windows 8 is going to cost $129 instead of $79, really?
    How are you sure that the ones with "multi hundred dollar computers" are the ones complaining about Windows pricing? Especially when you can run Windows 7 (and most likely 8) on a really old IBM THinkpad T42?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    One report I just spotted points to the increased and dominant Tablet PC market by 2016 suggesting Tablet will rule the world over the standard desktop. Completely changing the OS to meet only portable and mobile markets will leave MS high and dry once people finally reach a point where they still need a desktop OS but have to start looking elsewhere for it?!

    Another one indicated running 7 apps on one of those fruit company I(can't think straight) Pads. The other guy will take advantage of the MS downslide for sure! While portables are certainly the "in thing" as far as advances in technology the loss of the desktop OS would be catastrophic in the long run!
    C'mon guys
    Who really believes this total load of "Horse S---E'.

    Most of the people who push out these types of reports have LONG SINCE PASSED THEIR SELL BY DATE. In particular that totally absurd company which probably has LESS credibility than my late Grandma's Cat - namely GARTNERS.

    Their predictions are about what you would get right with RANDOM guessing.

    How in the world do you enter data on a spread sheet and probably in a lot of other places too on a touch screen type tablet.

    Get real guys -- spreadsheets and presentations aren't going away any time soon.

    The tablet market isn't going to kill demand for "Classical type" laptops -- although newer tablets might have docking stations with them that have keyboards and external peripherals which essentially makes them into a PC anyway.

    I suppose most of the younger generation who can't even leave their home without staring into smart phone screens probably won't get the point here -- but just try and enter data on a spread sheet with a Touch screen. !!!

    Incidentally to all those complaining about lack of DVD playback on Windows -- didn't people actually PAY for apps like WINDVD and POWERDVD.

    These aren't necessary any more -- VLC media player (free) will play most DVD's straight out of the box anyway and I'm sure there are other freebies out there too.

    Cheers
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    The guy who built my computer told me today that my DVD player already has a program installed that will play DVDs, and I don't need Windows Media Center. He suggested that I download the free version to either my XP or 7 OSes, both of which are running fine without it, just to play with it. I might do that while they're still free, but I see me need to.
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