That's right. Probably the only well-made multimedia software application developed by Microsoft will not be included as a built-in application in Windows 8. More significantly, Media Center is better than Apple's own Front Row app, for once Microsoft one-ups Apple on something.
In any case, Media Center will hence forth be available for $69.99 for Windows 8 users. However: Good News Everyone©! Microsoft is willing to give it to you FOR FREE if you buy W8 before January! How generous.
Rathe rthan have Windows 8 be HTPC ready out of the box like Windows 7 and Vista were, you have now lost this great value-add feature.
In any case, here's what you W8 users will eventually be paying that we W7 users were getting for free these past few years:
Great extensibility with plugins like Media Browser.
Why is this cool? Here's why:
Scans your rip folders and retrieves artwork and detailed data on all your rips from several online sources
How detailed is this data? Check it out
Synopsis + background slideshow
selecting one of the profiles gives you ....
to be continued...