Chris Lanier noted that Sunday was the fourth anniversary of Windows Media Center, arguably one of the finest software products Microsoft has ever shipped. Unlike typical Microsoft products, Media Center is on its fourth major revision in four year, Vista Media Center, in order to rapidly improve the product, and it remains a model we wish the rest of the Windows group would follow.
Here’s Chris’s screenshot history of MCE, with the version names added:
Hard to believe its been four years. Eventually, when Apple starts pushing Front Row as a big deal, Media Center has a shot at being how Microsoft proves itself and wins back a lot of people.
Also worth noting: A second theme was developed for Media Center called Royale Noir, and it has just hit the internets. XP MCE ships with Royale Blue, which many people say is the best-looking Windows XP theme, but the product team considered a second theme, a dark version, that they ultimately never shipped. If you’re curious, you can now download Royale Noir, see if you like it. Really cool find.
Here’s Firefox 2.0 in Royale Noir: