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Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Microsoft has finally unwrapped a beta of the long rumored Vista Media Center SideShow control gadget.  First spotted by Stuart, you can apply for the beta on Microsoft Connect and get started starting, but so far it looks pretty much like basic in terms of functionality.

The key component currently missing is Media Center Extender control, something we knew Microsoft has said it will be able to do.  Current features include the ability to browse the Guide and schedule recordings, list recorded TV and start playback, browse the music, picture and video libraries, and show “Now Playing” information.

Read more and see all the screenshots at The Media Center Blog.

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Published Wed, Jul 2 2008 19:46 by chrisl

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# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Where is the download on connect? I can't find it.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 10:02 PM by MG

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

You would need to register an account on Microsoft Connect (the beta website), and then it is on the Connections Directory.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 10:27 PM by chrisl

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Yes have done that, as I am on Homeserver and Mesh betas at this time, still can't find it, can you supply direct link?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 11:52 PM by MG

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

I found it by clicking the All category under the connections directory and then doing an Edit-Find on this page and search for Sideshow.

Click the first link in the page labeled "click here" to download.

I had to install additional sideshow software and the software device emulator.

Does anyone use this with a windows mobile phone?

Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:51 AM by Mark

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

What a coincidence that this comes out just before the Ricavision sideshow remote.

Thursday, July 03, 2008 9:54 AM by Ben Drawbaugh

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# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Anyone how can help me out to find a download link that’s working?

Like to test this with my mobile phone ;)

Saturday, July 05, 2008 6:46 AM by Jonas

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

Would this beta work on touchscreens attached to your computer?

Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:38 PM by Joe Hendrix

# re: Microsoft Starts Media Center SideShow Gadget Beta

How interesting this comes days before the Itunes update that will allow the Iphone/Ipod Touch to be used in a similiar manner..

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 9:40 AM by tv

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