Media Center Edition Update On the Way

Microsoft is readying an update to Windows XP Media Center Edition and has invited prospective candidates to apply for the upcoming best test. "The program will introduce you to a set of technologies providing new digital media experiences on Windows consumer PCs," according to Microsoft. Interested testers must complete a survey located at BetaPlace, and those selected will be contacted next month.



Windows XP MCE was released last fall and is available on "media center" PCs available from Hewlett-Packard, Gateway and other manufacturers.

New features of the Media Center Edition Update have not been announced by Microsoft, but the survey includes questions regarding burning and copying of DVDs. Microsoft also asks how often a candidate uploads and shares music via the Internet.

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"If you are selected to participate in the beta program of this exciting new product, you will be asked to install the product and report your testing experiences to Microsoft. Reporting will include installation surveys, bug reports, and other means as required by Microsoft," Redmond beta coordinators wrote in an e-mail to candidates.

The nomination survey for the Windows XP MCE Update beta program must be filled out by February 15, 2003. Testers can access the survey by logging into BetaPlace with the appropriate country specific Guest ID. Those in the United States must use mcebetaus. Testers in the UK should use mcebetauk and applicants from France must login with mcebetafr.

24 Responses to Media Center Edition Update On the Way

  1. joc says:

    I would like to see and try!

    Joc

  2. woodengod says:

    ... about what it is going TO DO, everytime there is news about what some other company has DONE? What would happen if every company starts buzzing here about the things that it is going to do? I thought BetaNews is about products somehow completed and not place for rumours.
    So Microsoft, could you please shut up and come out with news when you've done something?

    • wendor says:

      What planet are you on?

      Microsoft has not now, nor have they ever, posted messages to BetaNews.

      Nate Mook, one of the betanews staff, posted the article.
      (as you can clearly see in the header of the article)

      As for appropriateness, it is the announcement of a BETA program. Now look att he name of the site. BETAnews.

      Make more sense now?

      • woodengod says:

        Read it carefully please:
        "Microsoft is readying an update to Windows XP Media Center Edition"
        There is slight difference between something READY and something IN A PROCESS OF READYING. Everytime there is an article about something READY, there is immediately an article from Mr. Mook, that Microsoft is READYING something. If you think about, heck lot of companies are READYING something, but usually on the BetaNews site there is an article AFTER this something is READY not BEFORE. And the "READYING" articles come everytime immediatelly after there is an article with an anouncement that a rival product is READY. Examples which currently can be seen on the articles column: Apple products, Opera web browser, etc.
        I don't know mr Mook, but my personal opinion is that he has very warm connection with Microsoft. This is why I just say Microsoft.
        Hope it is clear now.

      • winger81 says:

        "Microsoft is readying an update to Windows XP Media Center Edition and has invited prospective candidates to apply for the upcoming best test."

        When you quote, use the whole sentence and read for content. MS is looking for beta testers again. That means the update is nearing completion. It also means they've been working on it for a while. They didn't just start it because someone released a different way of doing it.

        DOH!

      • wendor says:

        "There is slight difference between something READY and something IN A PROCESS OF READYING."

        And since this is BETAplace, the fact that they are accepting applications for the beta makes it MORE than appropriate. As winger said, try that "reading comprehension thing". It will help you a lot.

        "I don't know mr Mook, but my personal opinion is that he has very warm connection with Microsoft. This is why I just say Microsoft."

        Wow, you must not have spent much time here at Betanews at all yet. ROFL. I've seen peoiple bash and batter and complain about Nate for a lot of resaons (even I do it sometimes) but for being too PRO-Microsoft would have to be a new one.

        Either way, you stated (more than once) that Microsoft made the post. You addressed your commnets to Microsoft directly. Apparently you haven't gotten very far on the "reading comprehension" thing.

        "Hope it is clear now."

        It was clear from your original post. You have little to no knowledge of what this site is, you don't read and understand very well, and don't put a lot of thought into your responses before writing them. In short, you seem pretty immature.

        Now, it's your right to be immature. But you should be aware that posts like yours will often bring abundant criticism.

      • woodengod says:

        "It was clear from your original post. You have little to no knowledge of what this site is, you don't read and understand very well, and don't put a lot of thought into your responses before writing them. In short, you seem pretty immature.
        Now, it's your right to be immature. But you should be aware that posts like yours will often bring abundant criticism."

        Oh my! If there is something that brings abundant criticism in a discussion, this is when people like you start atacking the other side personally. This shows at least that you have low self-esteem. Now I would say you look very mature arguing like this, i.e. your development as a person has stopped far away from perfecion.

        Aparrently it wasn't only the last article (now there is a new one) that provoked me to post my first message in this discussion. You can check the rest of the articles about Microsoft on the BetaNews home page, what are they about and where do they apear. They are all about intentions, no product, not even beta released. Then you can imagine what would the page look like if it is full with articles like these, with rumours and intentions, for every software company.

      • wendor says:

        "Then you can imagine what would the page look like if it is full with articles like these, with rumours and intentions, for every software company."

        You mean like the StarOffice, Centercode, and Apple articles that all discussed products/betas that had not been released when the article was written?

        As for the specific article under discussion, you have now been told by many different people whyt he article is here and how it is pertinent. It is an article about a Beta invitation process that DOES EXIST. Not about "rumours and intentions"

        Reading comprehension....give it a try.

      • woodengod says:

        Reading comprehension, eh? Let's talk about yours.
        You mentioned the articles about Apple full of rumours and intentions, can you tell which one do you mean? Then the article about StarOffice starts with fixed dates, does it look like rumour to you? At the end you mention an article about Centercode which starts straightforward with a message, that they are looking for IT professionals. So? The titles (and the content of course) tell you that there is something done:
        "Mac OS X Users Update to 10.2.4"
        "Apple Boosts Xserve Speed, Unveils RAID Storage"
        "Opera Releases Rewritten Version 7"
        "StarOffice 6.1 Set for Beta Testing"
        "Beta Test Network Deployment Software"

        Now how can you compare these with:
        "Microsoft Gears Up for Office 11 Beta 2"
        "Media Center Edition Update On the Way"
        "Microsoft Preps Windows XP Service Pack Updates"
        "Office 11 Beta 2 Approaches"

        Great news indeed! Oh yeah, looking for beta testers all the time. Who doesn't? Is it news really? Sounds like a reminder to me. The only news missing is an update on the weather above the Microsoft HQ.

      • FunkyFred3k says:

        how about a reply to my post further up.

        this is a betaNEWS site. Most of the left column is about released products. Most of the right column is about news of coming betas.

        This is NOT a public beta. it requires applications to be made by people wanting to test it... how do people find out about such betas other than on a site called betaNEWS?

      • wendor says:

        "You mentioned the articles about Apple full of rumours and intentions, can you tell which one do you mean?"

        Sure.

        The article "Apple Introduces New Systems, Displays" from January 28th talked about hardware that was not available to consumers on January 28th. That make it just as much "rumor" as any of your ridiculous Microsoft accusations.

        "At the end you mention an article about Centercode which starts straightforward with a message, that they are looking for IT professionals. So? The titles (and the content of course) tell you that there is something done"

        And the Microsoft article you complained about stated that they were looking for beta testers. As for "something done"....of course it is. Just because Microsoft is going to select the beta testers BEFORE handing out the beta copies doesn't mean that the software doesn't exist yet. That's purely an incorrect assumption on your part.

        "Great news indeed! Oh yeah, looking for beta testers all the time. Who doesn't? Is it news really?"

        Yes. It is. Is it BETA news. (please go back and note again the name of the site you are currently on)

        YOU may not like some of the articles, or the companies they mention.....but your claims that they are inappropriate or off-topic for this site are ridiculous.

      • woodengod says:

        I'll skip arguing about your "proof" about Apple "rumours", it's just not serious...

        Well to be honest I'm not big Microsoft hater. But what I hate is the overall volume and the extend of the noise about this company (not only here). For example the BetaNews article section from time to time looks, like the half of all the software in the world is made by Microsoft. And the meaningfull part of the messages can be collected in something like monthly report from Microsoft. I'm sure that companies like Oracle, Sybase, Borland, Apple and lot's more are constantly producing rumours and have requests for beta testers. Why aren't they constantly here in the news then?

      • FunkyFred3k says:

        duh! its not a public beta, thats why they are asking for people to apply. where else would people find out about new beta programs they could apply for other than a site called betaNEWS?

        You are comparing a by approval beta program against all other public betas - pretty stupid thing to do really.

        Incidentally, you dont appear to have been here long else you would have noticed that almost ALL the beta stories down the right hand side of the main page are from things GOING to happen, where as the left hand side contains PUBLIC products that have happened.

  3. FunkyFred3k says:

    "Microsoft also asks how often a candidate uploads and shares music via the Internet."

    I wonder if microsoft are finally gonna unleash the p2p code that they have rumoured to have been working on for years?

    I can see the rage from the RIAA brewing from here :oD

    alternatively maybe the RIAA have paid them to ask that question so they can post a few legal letters off to anyone who replies? hmm......

    • winger81 says:

      What in the world are you talking about? The article concerns an invitation to *beta test* (remember where you are - Betanews) some software. The stuff posted by Chris had nothing to do with the article and he said so. Need a cuppa coffee to wake up?

      • winger81 says:

        whups. Sorry! I replied to the wrong spot. Guess I need that cuppa. This was supposed to be a reply to the article right below.

    • CPUGuy says:

      MS is getting ready to beta test their P2P software, it's called 3 Degrees... it's been plastered everywhere as of late.

  4. chris_kabuki says:

    This is completely and utterly off topic but something I've noticed tonight that might be of interest to some people here.

    http://news.com.com/2100-1001-984052.html

    Microsoft is in the process of applying for a wide-ranging patent that covers a variety of functions related to its .Net initiative.

    If approved as is, the patent would cover application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow actions related to accessing the network, handling Extensible Markup Language (XML), and managing data from multiple sources. APIs are the hooks in software that allow applications to work with another system.

    Microsoft declined to elaborate on its plans for the patent, but intellectual property attorneys said that if it's granted, the company could dictate how, or whether, developers of software and devices can link to the .Net initiative.

    The actual patent can be seen here:

    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1='20030028685'.PGNR.&OS=DN/20030028685&RS=DN/20030028685

    Some of the claims are fairly broad... surely these have plenty of prior art:

    1. A software architecture for a distributed computing system comprising: an application configured to handle requests submitted by remote devices over a network; and an application program interface to present functions used by the application to access network and computing resources of the distributed computing system.

    4. A software architecture as recited in claim 1, wherein the application program interface comprises: a first group of services related to creating Web applications; a second group of services related to constructing client applications; a third group of services related to data and handling XML documents; and a fourth group of services related to base class libraries.

    Anyways, I won't bother pasting any more... feel free to read up on it if you're interested.

    • chris_kabuki says:

      Ignore the /> characters.... not sure where they came from!

    • wendor says:

      Interesting but not that surprising.

      The patents are broad, but pretty much in line with what everyone is using for software related patent applications these days.

      It's not very different from the patents Sun applied for relating to Java.

      Though I have trouble beleiving that many of these patents will be enforcable. The hyperlink, e-commerce, cookies, and the web browser are all "patented" as well... and so far every infrigement suit related to them has been thrown out on the grounds that the patents were too broad and therefore invalid.

  5. pudd says:

    My question is how can you test the software without the hardware? Copying DVD's and CD's is all fine but really only requires Windows Media Player. Media Center uses serious hardware to function.

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