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Happy Fourth Birthday, Media Center

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:

Windows Media Center history

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:

October 31st, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | XP, Vista, Media Center, Windows, General | 2 comments

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  1. Here’s a picture of the Media Center MVPs at the launch of Media Center in Bryant Park in New York City.

    Seems like only yesterday.

    Comment by Jason Tsang [MVP] | November 1, 2006

  2. Don’t forget, there’s Tom Arnold, the “face” of Media Center at launch, smack dab in the middle of that photo. Thank god he’s still not pushing the product.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | November 1, 2006

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