HP MCE no more

HP is dropping the media center lineup. I think this is a bad move on their part. They are developing their own MediaSmart line that functions like Windows Media Center. My guess is that Microsoft was taking too long to really market Windows Media Center. Unlike some of Microsoft’s other hardware and software, Media Center has never really had the attention it deserves. Most people don’t even realize what Media Center is and what it can do. But what amazes me is HP is developing hardware for Windows Home Server. Home Server can be used to store the files from Media Center in one central location. I think by keeping Windows Media Center machines they could have added value to the other hardware they manufacture. And now with AppleTV out, people that were never aware before are aware of the possibilities of computers in the living room. Lets hope that MediaSmart works well with Media Center.

I do have to give credit to HP for embracing media center as they did. Without HP I’m sure Windows Media Center wouldn’t have done nothing and been swept under the rugs.

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