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Microsoft Finally Adds Netflix Support To Windows Media Center


By Chris Scott Barr

I always liked the concept of Windows Media Center, I really did. I just couldn’t ever quite justify upgrading to MCE or Vista on my little HTPC, so I made do with what I had. Eventually my 360 would turn into my main media player in the living room, supplemented by my old HTPC running Boxee. Well for those of you that are depending on Windows Media Center, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft has finally added support for streaming Netflix.

I feel like I should be more excited about this than I really am. You see, I use Netflix, and I already stream my movies to my Xbox 360. Hell, I’ve been doing that for like six months. Sure, it’s great to see them add this to WMC, but shouldn’t this have been done a long time ago?

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Microsoft Confirms Holiday Release For Windows 7


By Chris Scott Barr

Have you checked out the Windows 7 RC yet? If you’re the early-adopter type, I’d definitely recommend it. I just wiped off Vista from my main PC  this past weekend and am typing this up on Windows 7 as we speak. So far, it’s been great, with no hiccups to speak of yet. Installation was quick and painless, without the need to even run off and download any drivers whatsoever.

As for the official release of Microsoft’s latest OS, we’ve heard rumors that point to October 23rd. Now a statement from Redmond has at the very least confirmed that it will indeed be out in time for the “holiday shopping season.” That being said, I still think it is very reasonable to think that October 23rd will in fact be the official date. We’ll just have to wait and see.

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Windows 7 Shipping On October 23rd?

By Chris Scott Barr

We know that Microsoft will be offering up the first release candidate of Windows 7 in just a few days. This means that we’re probably only a few short months away from an actual release date, right? Well according to Acer it will be out in just under 6 months.

Acer’s marketing director in the UK pinpointed the release down to the very day it will hit shelves. October 23rd to be exact. I’d take this with a little grain of salt, but the timing does make sense. After all, it was about 5 months between RC1 of Vista and the actual retail date. My advice? I’d start thinking long and hard before going out and buying a new PC when there’s a new OS just around the corner.

VIA [ PocketLint ]

Windows 7 RC1 Available Starting May 5th


By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been using the Windows 7 beta on one of my desktops for a couple of months now. Honestly, I haven’t noticed any more issues with it than on my XP or Vista installations. Naturally I’m looking forward to the actual release of the OS, but for now I have to wait patiently like the rest of the world. At least there’s a nice update coming down the pipes in short order.

Cinco de Mayo seems to be a pretty big day for going out and getting smashed, so you might want to download your copy of the Windows 7 Release Candidate early in the day. That’s right, the official release date for RC1 is May 5th. Actually on second thought, you might want to wait until the next day to install it. You don’t to be late for happy hour because you’re stuck troubleshooting a driver issue or something do you?

[ WindowsTeamBlog ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]