Big news for folks who were hoping Microsoft would include support for Windows Media Center in its next operating system. During the company’s BUILD conference, Microsoft confirmed to ZDNet‘s Ed Bott that it will not bring Windows Media Center to Windows 10. Windows Media Center has seen declining popularity over the years, but was a popular video and music playback tool, especially for folks who used computers as home media center PCs.
“Any PC that is upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 will lose the Media Center functionality, and there’s no way to get it back,” Bott explained, noting that Microsoft won’t even offer an extra plug-in to add functionality in Windows 10, as it did with its last major OS release. Bott noted that Microsoft actually disbanded the Windows Media Center team as far back as 2009.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of third party applications for folks who want to operate a Windows-powered home theater PC (HTPC). Bott also recommends folks check out the Xbox One, which he says is the “best modern alternative for Media Center refugees.” RIP Windows Media Center.