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Windows Media Center in Windows 8 will be paid upgrade

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    Windows Media Center in Windows 8 will be paid upgrade


    So it might come as little surprise that Microsoft will require users to pay extra for Media Center in Windows 8, according to Liliputing.

    The exact cost hasn't been disclosed, but consumers should be aware that if they want the ability to set up DVRs from their computers or stream live TV through Windows, it's going to cost this time.
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    Guy, I had already decided that I would keep Win 7 and install the full version of 8 on another partition. Prices aren't out yet, but that might be the cheapest way to solve the problem.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The return of "Microsoft Plus Digital Media edition" ?
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Here is the upgrade path.

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    Jim
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    IS Microsoft insane?

    It appears that MS is in trouble. They have to compete in a growing tablet and touch phone world in which Androd offers a free operating system. Dumping Media Center lowers the price of Win 8, because MS has to pay manufacturers to make their DVDs compatible with it. Everything that WMC does is available from other sources, many of them free.

    Me? I'm hanging on to Win 7 and installing Win 8 (which I love) on a second partition.
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    Windows 7 won't be going away anytime soon! As for 8? Well I will have a second OS drive free until 9 beta or CP or ? comes along!

    Wouldn't be needing Media Center to start with but no dvd(or vcd) playback in WMP 13? While MS is "cutting corners" on their own OS how do you explain to someone who has hardly ever even used Windows to switch over to it despite the interest in touchscreen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    IS Microsoft insane?
    My US$0.02 worth is the same as it has since day one. MS firmly believe their future income stream is via downloaded apps and cloud computing. Whether they are insane or not only time will tell but I'm sticking with my working fine Win7 rig for now
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    Oh dear.

    It won't be long before there are only teeny devices which take the user straight into some mindless activity, like playing Farting Fish (tm) or to Fbook.

    There will be nothing for those of us who come to these kind of forums.
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    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!
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    Covington, La
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    I saw a similar report a while back where Tablets would out sell the Desktop PC but they would still sell more PC's each year. So the Desktop is not going away, its just people will also be buying Tablets. Some reports are showing that big corporations are investing in Tablets as an addition to the Desktop and like the idea of Windows 8 with the same OS on both. Time will tell.

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