Microsoft has made a slew of Windows 10 related announcements at its annual BUILD conference ahead of its launch this summer. In addition, a Microsoft executive has confirmed that the highly acclaimed Windows Media Center app will not make it to Windows 10. In short, the time has come to say RIP, Windows Media Center, reports ZDNet.
Now this will no doubt come as perplexing for some, however considering the fact that Microsoft stopped working on Windows Media Center back in 2009, this was a long time coming. This also implies that any desktop upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 will no longer be able to run the Media Center. The report from ZDNet also points to the fact that the last released version of Windows Media Center build “isn’t compatible with Windows 10.”
As you all might be aware, the Windows Media Center was a digital multimedia player developed by Microsoft. Users could play and record live television along with organizing and playing videos, music and images. It used to be already pre-installed on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Vista Home Premium, and Ultimate editions, along with all editions of Windows 7, except Starter and Home Basic versions. It was also made available as an add-on for Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro.
It was one of the most widely used DVR options for years, giving users far more freedom and control over how they watched TV. Though, Microsoft instead shifted focus on the Xbox One instead of trying to build a replacement for the cable box.
Users who are still convinced that Media Center on a PC still offers immense value, are advised to stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 ( with the Media Center Pack add-on), and forget about the free Windows 10 completely. Those operating systems, still run Windows Media Center, will be supported until 2020 and 2023 respectively.