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Media Center to be available via Windows 8 Media Center Pack and Windows 8 Pro Pack

In an official blog post, Microsoft revealed that Media Center will be available via Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack. Microsoft is hoping to deliver Windows 8 with a world-class video and audio entertainment experience.

“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). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it,” Microsoft explains. This pretty much means that Windows 8 users can add Media Center either via the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack (as you can see from the image above). On top of this, Metro styled apps can utilize decoders available in Windows 8, which are optimized for reliability, battery life, and performance. Microsoft will announce pricing for these Media Center packs once Windows 8 reaches its final release stage.

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