The curtain falls on Windows Media Center

— 5:12 PM on May 4, 2015

Windows Media Center, Microsoft's long-running effort to blend elements of DVRs, cable boxes, and DVD players into Windows, will be taking its final bow before the release of Windows 10. According to a tweet by Gabriel Aul, one of the managers of Microsoft's Windows Insider program, Windows Media Center will be discontinued in the new version of the operating system due to "decreased usage."

According to other tweets by Aul, people were primarily using Windows Media Center to watch DVDs at this stage in the product's life. Microsoft will provide Windows users with another way to watch DVDs in the future.

Though news of Media Center's certain demise may be sad for some, the application was already on life support in Windows 8 and 8.1. Media Center wasn't included in those operating systems by default. Instead, those running regular 8.1 had to pay $99.99 for the Pro Pack, which upgraded the OS to the Pro edition and returned Media Center functionality. Win8.1 Pro users had to pay $10 more to get Media Center. That extra cost and hassle might be related to the "infinitesimal" number of Windows users who still rely on Media Center, according to Microsoft telemetry data cited by ZDNet.

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