The company today announced that it was releasing what amounts to an embedded version of Windows 7 to OEM manufacturers for use in systems other than PCs. The Media Center is front and center among the elements Microsoft trumpets in its announcement, noting that it can be used in set-top boxes, connected media devices and consumer TVs.
No devices have yet been announced that use the feature, but it likely won’t be long before we hear about them. Among its many advantages, Media Center 7 lets users gather content from a variety of sources, including your personal collections, the Internet, broadcast television and more. It is, in other words, a DVR with multi-media functionality. And it has been widely praised in the tech world.
The reason it hasn’t caught on more is most people don’t have a PC hooked up to their TV and streaming through other devices, while not hard, isn’t intuitive to the average consumer. Putting it directly onto consumer devices, though, could present a huge challenge to services like Boxee and Tivo.
We’ll let you know when we hear of products using the operating system.