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Windows 7 Does More to Enable Web Based Media Center Applications

October 28, 2008

Although it looks like there will be many welcome features for Media Center in Windows 7 "out-of-the-box", Charlie Owen hints that there will be significant new capabilities in the Media Center API that enable developers to host MCML application on a web site.

What does this mean? To me, it increases the chances that we will be able to see providers of media and information make that information available to all users of Windows 7 Media Center without users having to download and install separate applications on their PCs. Because a number of the new API features are geared toward MCML, such applications can be reliably used on extenders.

Much like the Internet TV feature was added to Vista Media Center without users having to do anything, sites like Google maps might design a Media Center page making them easily used within Media Center without as many compromises and kludges as are necessary today when accessing web based applications from within Media Center.


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