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Is Windows 8 Without Media Center Such a Bad Thing?

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Microsoft recently announced that the new Windows 8 would not have Media Center packaged with it. Instead, you will have to pay an upgrade fee if you have the basic Window 8 edition and you will have to pay to get the software to play DVDs if you have the Windows 8 Pro. But is this really something for the public to be enraged about? Not hardly. Most of us don’t even use Media Center, and there are a ton of free software programs out there that can do all of the things that Media center can do, and do it better.

Chances are, if you are downloading music on the internet, you are using iTunes for your music library. If you are burning DVDs and playing Blu-rays then you are probably using the software that came bundled with your DVD burner, such as Nero, or CyberLink’s PowerDVD. And with the increasing amount of home users streaming TV and Movies through other devices natively, is it even necessary to connect your computer through Media Center to your TV? Not having the native ability to playback DVDs on you computer shouldn’t be the thing that worries you about Windows 8.

There is still no new information on what the pricing will be or when Windows 8 will be available, but here is a preliminary partial list of what will be available by version:

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium x x
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

Source: PC World

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