Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center
Component of Microsoft Windows
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Windows Media Center on Windows 7
Introduced inWindows XP MCE
Last included inWindows 8.1

Windows Media Center is a DVR and media player that was first introduced in 2002 with Windows XP Media Center Edition and it became an included app in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista as well as all editions of Windows 7.[1]

Microsoft ceased active development of Windows Media Center after Windows 7 shipped in 2009 and as a result, Microsoft deprecated Windows Media Center in Windows 8/8.1 when it no longer became bundled with any of the editions of the OS by default and instead, Windows Media Center was offered as an paid add-on for these versions until 30 October 2015 via the Add Features to Windows 8 service and The Windows 8 Feature Packs web site.[2]

In May 2015, Microsoft announced that Windows Media Center would not be available for Windows 10 due to decreased usage. As a result, anyone who upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows that had Windows Media Center would lose access to the application. However, people who did upgrade from a previous version of Windows that did include the WMC would receive the paid Windows DVD Player app for free.[3]

In January 2020, Microsoft discontinued support for the Electronic Program Guide service on all versions of Windows Media Center when free support for Windows 7 ended.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

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Windows Media Center was planned as "Windows Remote View".

The operating system shipping with Media Center was codenamed "Freestyle". It was released as Windows XP Media Center Edition in 2002. It was only released in English.

Development continued firstly on the codebase of Windows Longhorn, Microsoft's project for the successor of Windows XP. The Media Center components needed to be installed manually through the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel applet (APPWIZ.CPL). As the WIM Installation has been introduced, it was no longer possible to install these components, so development shifted between December 2002 and February 2003 to the codebase of Windows XP Media Center Edition.

In 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 has been released with an redesign of the Media Center, alongside with support for a Media Center Extender (codenamed BobSled). An example of an extender is the Xbox 360 released in 2005. This version was the first to be available in more languages than just English.

In 2004, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 has been released, again with UI changes for the Media Center, including the switch of the font from Trebuchet MS to Segoe UI, making it the first version of Windows with the Segoe font family to be released.

Development shifted in 2005 to the Windows Vista codebase after the Longhorn development was reset. The first build with Media Center was build 5212.

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