Microsoft guarantees that Windows Media Center will be compatible with Windows 8, but that does not mean it will be available to all buyers of the new platform – it will be sold separately, according to CNET.
The last two versions of Windows came with the integrated Media Center, but for Windows 8 Microsoft is studying a different strategy.
According to a post on Windows 8 official blog, Microsoft will make Media Center available through the “Add Features feature of Windows 8 control panel”, the new name for Windows Anytime Upgrade.
Like the latest versions of Windows, 8 will have Windows Media Player already integrated, but without the ability to play DVD. The acquisition of Windows Media Center will add, in addition to reading the discs, the possibility to record and watch TV and support VOB files. The company has not yet announced the price of the Media Center.
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