In today’s PDC keynote demo. Media Center got no love at all. It also got no love at the reviewers workshop I attended over the weekend. Fortunately, Microsoft’s Charlie Owen is on the case, with a very detailed and thoroughly illustrated look at Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7.
- All the good stuff from TV Pack is in this build.
- H.264 playback is now supported out of the box with Windows 7 — including on Media Center Extenders.
- There’s a desktop gadget (no more Sidebar) that shows TV and recorded shows in the order they are recorded.
- Music playback is greatly improved.
And, drum roll…
Rating your content has never been easier in Windows Media Center. By enabling Rating Shortcuts you can press the 1 through 5 buttons on the remote or keyboard to rate the music (or picture as this is one of the shared features) in real time.
If you’re a Media Center fan, this is a must read. If you’re a Media Center developer, be sure to read the follow-up post, which documents changes to the Media Center platform.
Awesome stuff, Charlie. I can’t wait to begin using this.