A Microsoft Project Manager for their eHome division got sick and tired of people complaining that there weren't any "new features" in Vista over MCE 2005. So tired, in fact, he compiled a huge list of all the 32 new features that will improve your life. Some of the ones that we know you're looking forward to: "Media Center is included as part of two Windows Vista SKUs", "New start menu to get you to where you want to be faster", "Thumbnails in recorded TV library", and "Windows Presentation Foundation, re-use your Avalon code to build Media Center applications".

We're just teasing of course, and left out important stuff like 64-bit machine support and CableCARD functionality. Check the jump for the full list.

  • Support for 64bit machines
  • You can upgrade to Windows Vista Media Center from XP
  • Media Center is included as part of two Windows Vista SKUs
  • No need to buy a Media Center. You can install yourself.
  • Domain join
  • Available worldwide in every locale that we ship Windows to (160 new locales! 15 new languages!)
  • More content on screen in our photos/music/videos/TV librariesFaster perf for the music library
  • OCUR/CableCARD support
  • It was very hard to use a mouse in MCE 2005. We’ve made some big improvements to mouse handling.
  • Likewise, hard to use with a touch screen before, should be better now
  • Run on your Tablet PC
  • New start menu to get you to where you want to be faster
  • Start photo slideshow from Music Now Playing
  • Now playing item on the start menu, should be more discoverable
  • More ways to slice and dice your music collection
  • New music Now Playing
  • Way better queue management
  • View photos and videos by folder or date
  • Mini TV guide
  • TV favorites/most viewed
  • TV categories is now discoverable
  • TV guide is an overlay
  • Easy to get to TV categories
  • Thumbnails in recorded TV library
  • PAL exhaustive channel scanning
  • Microsoft DVD codec
  • Native burning solution
  • Extender platform. Now any hardware manufacturer can integrate a MCX into their TV, DVD player, etc.
  • Tighter integration on start menu for third parties. You’re no longer buired in More Programs
  • Windows Media Center Presentation Layer, now you can build apps that have the same fidelity as Media Center
  • Windows Presentation Foundation, re-use your Avalon code to build Media Center applications
  • Hotstart

Thoughts On MCE Beta Feedback [Matt Goyer via eHomeUpgrade]

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