Windows 8 will not include Media Center Automatically

Microsoft has announced that Windows Media Center will be available in Windows 8 but it will not be preinstalled automatically with Windows 8. Windows Media Center will be available separately as an upgrade and the users will have to purchase the software.

“Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade),” Microsoft says. “Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support.”

Users of Windows 8 who require the Windows Media Center can either purchase Windows 8 Pro with Windows 8 Media Center with DVD Playback, Broadcast TV recording and VOB file playback orĀ  they can purchase Windows 8 Pro Pack with Media Center.

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