Does Media Middle have a future?
Most individuals that’ve tried Microsoft’s Media Middle have come away impressed. Even probably the most religious TiVo fanboy has to confess that Microsoft has gotten fairly a couple of issues proper this time round, however will they blow it? One among Media Middle’s largest proponents is not so positive, as Chris Lanier (MS MVP) writes how disillusioned he’s with most of the current revelations together with; “4 CableCARDs just for customized installs. v1 Extenders do not work on Vista (no rebate program both). Overpriced v2 Extenders. No DVD streaming to overpriced Extenders. No MPEG-four help in Xbox 360 Extenders. No SoftSled (Software program Extender). Delayed launch/beta of the Media Middle replace in Vista. No DIRECTV help regardless of it being introduced two years in the past. Zune that does not sync with Media Middle. Home windows House Server which does not work out-of-the-field with Media Middle.” Wow Chris, that is fairly an inventory, and also you did not even point out that there isn’t any native help for HD DVD or Blu-ray! As a lot as we agree, we do really feel dangerous for Microsoft — yeah we stated it — trigger they’re caught making an attempt to be all the things to everybody. Nearly each instance here’s a compromise with somebody, like AACS getting in the best way of HD DVD and Blu-ray help, or DirecTV involvement in bringing their programming to the platform. In the long run shoppers do not care, they only need the most effective expertise and for now we’ll all have to attend.