Microsoft confirms Media Centre launch date

Microsoft will officially launch its eagerly awaited Windows XP Media Centre Edition (MCE) into the Australian market on October 13.

Hardware vendors, including Acer, HP and Toshiba, will launch PCs designed to take full advantage of its features to coincide with the launch. But systems builders are expected to get it several days earlier.

The local whitebox community were treated to a sneak preview of MCE at a digital home seminar hosted by ARN in Sydney this morning. Microsoft’s sales and licensing manager, Tim Schroder, showed attendees how MCE allows consumers to play music, view digital photographs and watch television or DVDs through a PC.

While television could be viewed live or recorded onto the hard drive, a 30-second skip feature that lets consumers flick through adverts has already caused a stir among the local media industry.

“The Australian media wants to manage its intellectual property rights and revenue streams,” Schroder said. “The skip function can destroy revenue streams so we need to work through digital rights management with those organisations.”

MCE has been available in the US for two years but Schroder said getting the timing right was an essential consideration for the local launch.

“Going into the market at the right time is critical and the recent acceleration of flat-screen TVs is a good platform to leap off with Media Centre,” he said. “It is a much more exciting proposition on a large screen.”

While worldwide PC shipments continued to show healthy growth, according to Schroder, commoditisation meant prices were continuing to fall and the IT channel needed to keep finding new opportunities.

MCE was a perfect example of a new opportunity, he said, having registered year-on-year growth of 121 per cent in the US.

The software giant is planning to hold a technical road show for its Australian OEM community during the last week of September and first week of October to go through the key points of pre-install training.

Further product details and a rebate program for MCE are available from www.microsoft.com/oem.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?