Has Media Center Been a “Miss” for Microsoft?
Morgan pointed to a recent MSNBC article on Bill Gates hits and misses
during his time at Microsoft. One of the
first products in
the miss category is Media Center, what do you think?
Based on the author’s semi-outdated understanding of Media
Center, I’d agree with them 100%. Media
Center has been a miss when you consider their concept of Media Center being a
product “aimed to move into the living room, tying the PC and the TV together
for recording television shows on the computer…” I think it would be hard to argue that
Microsoft’s first plan for Media Center was a failure. Gateway, ViewSonic, HP, and other top tier
OEMs have tried to move into the living room with HTPC form factor PCs, and
that failed big time. The initial
concept of Media Center is still is a miss (unless you’re taking about the
That brings us to Media Center today where the PC in the
living room is much less of the target.
That idea has been replaced by using your main Desktop PC as a host and
Extenders, mainly the Xbox 360, to drive content into the living room.
Defining Media Center as a miss might be a bit much; however
it is still a product with so much potential that has yet to be capitalized
on. As I’ve said many times before,
Media Center will never be a replacement for the standard cable/satellite
STB. It will always be for those who
want more than what those STBs can offer.
The only problem is what that market wants, Media Center fails to do
So my question is does Media Center, with all of its
unreleased potential belong in the same category as Microsoft BOB and Clippy?