Will be available separately for purchase.
In a move that is already frustrating users, Microsoft has announced via a blog post that they will not be including Windows Media Center in their upcoming OS, Windows 8.
Windows Media Center bundled with certain editions of Windows XP, and also came with Windows Vista and Windows 7. It allowed users to browse through video, music, and photo content on their PCs or network, and also supported TV with a compatible TV tuner card and subscription. But Microsoft will make Windows Media Center available only through an additional upgrade pack for users on Windows 8. If you’re running Windows 8 Professional, then you can purchase the ‘Windows 8 Media Center Pack’, and if you are just running Windows 8, then you need to purchase the ‘Windows 8 Pro Pack’ to get Media Center. What is absolutely ridiculous is that Microsoft will be completely removing DVD playback in Windows Media Player, thus forcing users to either purchase Media Center or rely on a third-party application. So as one comment put it, you could go out and buy a brand new Windows 8 PC with a DVD drive, but not play a DVD on it out of the box.
Windows 8 has already suffered from a barrage of mixed reactions from users currently testing the Consumer Preview edition, and this latest announcement has riled up even more fury against Microsoft.
Oh well, VLC FTW.