Media Center in Windows Future? Signs Pointing to no.
So a few weeks ago we saw a leaked build of Windows 8 that basically had Media Center in it, but it hadn’t changed at all. I guessed that this was a BAD sign, but other blogs took it as a good sign since it was at least in there in some form. Read between your own lines here, remember nothing is official.
Even though Windows 8 has more teams, several of the Windows 7 groups have no obvious counterpart. Windows 8 may have “Application and Media Experience” and “Media Platform,” but unlike Windows 7, it doesn’t have “Media Center.” The latest Windows 8 betas appear to lack Media Center functionality too—all in all an ominous sign for an application that never really achieved mainstream appeal, but which was much loved by its devotees. Equally, the change might simply mean that the standalone Media Center application is no more, but its capabilities have been rolled into Windows 8’s other media features.