Microsoft Drops Certification for TV Tuner and WMC Remote Control and Receiver Hardware
As if Microsoft hadn't already made it clear enough that they don't have any interest in developing Windows Media Center further, along comes word that Microsoft has discontinued one more avenue of WMC support. Microsoft has been updating the Windows Hardware Certification Kit ahead of the release of Windows 8 and in the latest Windows Logo Newsletter Microsoft has announced that they have retired the TV Tuner and Windows Media Center Remote Control and Receiver hardware certification tests from the Windows HCK. From the sounds of things, manufacturers can still certify tv tuners and remote controls as class devices, but there's no more separate category or direct WMC connection.
If you needed another sign that Microsoft has all but abandoned Windows Media Center then there is the news that Microsoft have updated the Windows Hardware Certification kit and retired the TV Tuner and Windows Media Center Remove Control tests.