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  • Blog Post: You like me, you really like me!

    After the MSNBC article listing Media Center as a miss, Endadget lists Media Center as one of it's hits (but surprisingly left Clippy out as a miss). Gizmodo lists Media Center as one of the 10 reasons why Vista isn't so bad, so I guess that puts Media Center +1 on the pundit scale. But yes, we know...
  • Blog Post: Update for MCX on Xbox 360 available

    There is a new update available for Extender users on the Xbox 360. It addresses three key issues: This update addresses a picture quality issue that occurs when you use Media Center Extender on an Xbox 360 console that has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector to the TV for video...
  • Blog Post: What do Media Center and Clippy have in common?

    Well, if you believe MSNBC's Suzanne Choney, Media Center PCs are one of the " misses " during BillG's tenture. I obviously disagree. What do you think?
  • Blog Post: HP MediaSmart TV firmware now available

    Those of you who have an HP MediaSmart TV should be getting a firmware update in the next 24 hours to add Media Center Extender functionality. I've been testing this in my family room and it's so nice to just be able to plug in the TV, connect to my wireless network and have access to my TV, music, video...
  • Blog Post: HP's Extender on MediaSmart TVs video

    HP has put up a vdeo on their website to promote the Extender functionality of their MediaSmart TVs. I think it does a great job of explaning what the benefits of Media Center and Extender are. This may be the best Extender advertisement out there -- I hope they put it on TV during prime time. Now...
  • Blog Post: CES announcements and other Hakan's house

    At CES Samsung has announced that they will be incorporating Extender functionality into their TVs later this year. Having a TV with MCX built-in is the way to go for a second TV in the house, particularly if you have wireless. I (and my wife) think it's nice to only have to plug on the TV, configure...
  • Blog Post: End of year wrap-up

    Steven Lindsay, who has been helping us test 3rd party Extenders, shows us his Media Center setup. I'm not worthy. You can now pre-order the Linksys Extenders from the Dell website . Hopefully those who order them now will get them before the end of the year. I know these and other Extenders are taking...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Building 50

    A few weeks back the IE team moved into the 4th floor of our building and proceeded to put their unique touch to the decor. Today, the eHome team said welcome: sorry for the poor quality photo
  • Blog Post: Tidbits

    Chris Lanier asks whether you would buy a Media Center server. I would. Leave him a comment with your thoughts Charlie Owens offers to help with providing help on how to get MCE, Xbox, Zune to work together. Let him know if he has all the scenarios covered. Sometime in the next couple of weeks...
  • Blog Post: JoeB keynote from Digital Life available on Internet TV

    For those of you who did not get to see JoeB's keynote at Digital Life, where he talked about and showed v2 Extenders and Internet TV, is now available on Internet TV in Media Center.
  • Blog Post: v2 Extenders announced

    As others have pointed out , we've finally said something about the availability of v2 Extenders. As OEMs can add functionality to differentiate their offerings we cannot give specifics as to which Extenders will do what, but expect announcements from the OEMs at Digital Life later this month. And...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at CEDIA this week & WebGuide is now available for free

    Microsoft is at CEDIA Expo this week to bring awareness to the home installer world about Media Center and Media Center Extender. The booth (#320) will be showing solutions from many of our partners, with Media Center being featured in the Life|Ware village in the parking lot. Additionally Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Fake Steve Jobs likes Vista Media Center better than AppleTV!

    Wow, it's been over a month since my last post. Sorry about that. Daniel Lyons (of Fake Steve Jobs fame) wrote up an article over at Forbes talking about how good Media Center is in Windows Vista and how easy it is to hook up an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender in comparison to Apple TV. It's nice...
  • Blog Post: MCX advertisement videos available on Xbox Live

    All of the videos from the Media Center Extender on Xbox 360 advertising campaign are now available for download on Xbox Live.
  • Blog Post: JoeB interviewed on the Media Center Show

    Our illustrious leader is interviewed by Michael Wolf of ABI Research. I haven't listened to the podcast myself, but it looks like they talk about CableCard, Pika, and the availability of some often-requested features. From the website: My guest is Joe Belfiore, the VP and big kahuna of all...
  • Blog Post: Extender Advertising!

    The Xbox team has put together some advertising about Media Center Extender on the Xbox 360. To see it go to http://www.xbox.com/windowsmediacenter . You'll start to see banner ads on major sites soon. Wooo! What are your thoughts on the advertising campaign?
  • Blog Post: WinHEC '07 presentations available

    The presentations from WinHEC '07 are finally avaiable online: Media Center Extender Device Design Media Center Extender Technology: Overview
  • Blog Post: What BillG said at WinHEC about Pika, Part 2

    Here is our official statement... Pika WinHEC update The eHome team is gratified by the response we have received based on the Pika presentations, demos and status update delivered at WinHEC. After some very hard work by our team and our launch partners we are getting very close to the release...
  • Blog Post: What BillG said at WinHEC about Pika

    So it has been theorized that BillG announced a "SoftSled" at WinHEC. That is not the case. What he said was that the functionality to remote Media Center onto an Xbox 360 will be available in other CE devices like TVs. This is the Pika project that allows CE partners (e.g. people who make hardware)...
  • Blog Post: Boot your Xbox 360 directly into Extender!

    With the Spring '07 update you can now configure your Xbox 360 to boot directly into Media Center Extender! To do this, goto System > Console Settings > Startup and select Media Center. Now if I could just get the Xbox 360 to be quiet...
  • Blog Post: MCX sessions at WinHEC

    WinHEC is just around the corner (May 15-17) and for those of you attending there will be two Media Center Extender sessions to check out: Media Center Extender Technology: Overview (CON-T411). This is an overview of how MCX works and what an OEM will need to do to get MCX functionality into their...
  • Blog Post: Vista MCE in your Car

    Via Engadget, I see that HipePC is offering a car pc that has MCE on it . Sweeeeet! I have seen some people put PCs in their cars and almost made one for mine from a spare laptop, but didn't want to deal with figuring out where to stick the PC/laptop and wiring it all up. What's nice about this solution...
  • Blog Post: New update for MCE available

    Aaron Stebner announces over on his blog the availability of an update for MCE to fix some issues, including my pet issue of being able to run 32bit ActiveX controls on 64bit MCE. Now I'll be able to use the Motherload and other Online Media apps. Excellent!
  • Blog Post: Want to beta test the next version of Media Center?

    For those who actually haven't heard, Jessica has posted over on the Green Button how to sign up to beta test the next release of Media Center. If you were a member of the Windows Vista Media Center beta program, you do not need to re-apply. To pre-empt any confusion, this is for Media Center only...
  • Blog Post: Hey, a reporter actually likes Xbox 360 as an MCX more than AppleTV

    With the recent release AppleTV alot of tech writers have been giving it high praise. I haven't used it myself yet so I can't say if it's deserved or not, but with the release of the Xbox 360 Elite someone actually gave the MCX functioanlity in the Xbox 360 some praise. My favorite quote: At present...
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