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Windows Media Centre Edition...

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by SimonO, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. SimonO

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    Windows Media Centre Edition... Where does this leave the small independent UK HCPC suppliers..? My understanding is that this software will only be available pre-installed on 'authorised' machines..?
     
  2. CodeThief

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    Thats correct,

    Unless Microsoft change their policy they're screwed.

    Dave
     
  3. cybersoga

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    Microsoft wants to brand PC's, sell them as a complete solution like a DVD player and stop us tinkering with them...
     
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    As I see it, users who want a media PC will want the best performance and quality audio/video and not some pretty GUI front-end fronting the mediocre software bundled with MCE, aka. Windows Media Player 9 .. hence they'd not be interested in MCE when there's things like MyHTPC which can run TheaterTek for example.
     
  5. CodeThief

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    You can run anything with MCE as well. It's pretty and VERY user friendly. Good for WAF :smashin:

    Dave
     
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    Aye, a nice looking interface. Haven't "played" with it really but would be nice when it's fully compatible with other hardware/software etc...
     
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    My understanding is that at the moment MS are only prepared to let you ship an MCE box if you are one of their "top mates". I wouldn't read anything too sinister into this at the moment as the product is really still in beta stage and isn't yet ready for wide release at the moment. Basically what they are preventing is being swamped with support calls as IIRC you only get support for MCE from your vendor not from MS.

    Over the longer time horizon I think MCE is supposed to become part of the core OS and we should also see some driver issues being fixed over time that will lead to smoother video (well that's the plan anyway)

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    Personally I would prefer an "all Microsoft" PC if possible - after all that is what Apple have done from day one. It would mean that every bit of hardware in the PC would be supported properly with drivers etc.
     
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    It's because of the PC's open nature that it's so popular. If the majority of people wanted a tailor made complete solution then Apple would be more popular!
     
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    The reason most people don't/didn't buy Apple is the lack of games and compatible software. Given the choice, Joe Public would rather have it built and ready for use - they're not all like us ;)
     
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    It's because of the PC's open nature that you have plenty of choice of software - you can't have it both ways!
     
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    Yes you could if Microsoft were allowed to build the whole PC !!
     
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    This would really upset a lot of Microsofts partners though.

    MS work hand in hand with Intel and HP during development. You just know that if you want a MS product to work, then you buy an Intel based HP machine (and not the home versions either).

    This is how HP are able to boast really low TCO figures.

    MS also work with Dell a lot.

    But you do see Microsoft branded hardware when it comes to mice, keyboards etc because their partners are not big players in this field.

    This of course is why Windows tends to cause more problems and has a lot bigger footprint than say Apple OS or Solaris. Windows has to work on hundreds of thousands of possible hardware combinations.
     
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    And its still more stable than Mac OS 9
     
  15. Insp.Gadget

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    But no-where near as stable as OS X :)
     
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    I had a play with MCE at Evesham Micros in Cambridge, they have a range of machines with it, in different form factors, including one laptop! So it's not just the multinational PC companies that are licencing the OS.

    Martyn
     
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    So, avoiding any MS vs Mac debate, can we hear from anyone who is running MCE, and is it any good?

    I thinking of replacing the tivo with a HTPC, and was about to build one, until I heard about MCE.

    I had a little play in PC World, and I like the remote and the interface. Movies, TV, Photos, Music etc. Very nice.

    How does it change the channel on the digibox though?
     
  18. Zor

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    Also would like to hear about MCE.

    Was going to buy a Tivo + Panny E50.

    Then changed my mind for a Panny DMR-E100.

    But for this kind of money with no upgrade flexibility a HTPC with MCE sounds like a very interesting option.

    Very interested to hear more.
     

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