Microsoft have this week announced that Windows Media Center will be included as part of Windows Embedded Standard 7 which means that it can be included as part of consumer devices, so we should start seeing more Media Center appliances.
Windows Embedded Standard 7 delivers the power, familiarity, and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a componentized form for developers to create advanced commercial and consumer devices running thousands of existing Windows applications and drivers.
OEMs can leverage Windows Embedded Standard 7 to create differentiated experiences and enhanced connectivity with Windows-based PCs, servers and online services on specialized devices, such as thin clients, digital signage and industrial controls for the enterprise, as well as set-top boxes (STBs), connected media devices (CMDs), and TVs for consumers.
Here is a great video that will show you more:
You can learn more about Windows Embedded Standard 7 by clicking here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/westandard/default.mspx
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