Microsoft Planning an Embedded Media Center Solution?
In one of Microsoft’s
WinHEC 2006 PowerPoints (MED004_WH06.ppt) they had this to say about an XPe/Vista Embedded
version of Media Center.
Need To Offer Two Software Options
Vista Premium – for those who want to
load their own applications, games, etc.
XP/Windows Vista – for those who want a
more stable/externally supported solution
updated by CE manufacturer or service operator (cable, sat, or telco)
leverage PC applications base, commodity HW, and infrastructure
Calls to Action
Embedded OS with 10’ MCE/Diamond features
I'm not sure if I should be excited about Microsoft thinking
about an embedded version of Media Center or very disappointed that they can't
get Windows Vista to the point where Media Center and it's related technologies
(DirectShow, WMDRM, Windows Media Player, etc) to the point where it’s "reliable" in comparison to CE Devices.
I don't have any issues with Media Center being reliable myself, it does exactly what I want it to when I want to (MCE 2005). I also don't have any issues with my parents machine, and it gets used as an actual PC daily. Having an embedded solution that could be deployed by third parties might be useful, but who exactly would they target with this? Cable, Telco, Sat already have their own solutions, and Microsoft TV (not eHome) also has an solution that is currently used by Comcast in Washington State. Maybe Microsoft has too many solutions targeting the same market? Maybe the CE Pro/Media Center Pro market is the
key. Would any integrators think about
installing these type systems? Time will