MS announces Windows XP Media Center Edition


— 5:08 AM on July 17, 2002

Microsoft has officially acknowledged the existence of Freestyle:

REDMOND, Wash. -- July 16, 2002 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the newest member of the Windows® XP family: Windows XP Media Center Edition. Formerly known by the code name "Freestyle," Microsoft® Windows XP Media Center Edition turns a PC into a media center that integrates digital entertainment experiences -- including live television, personal video recording (PVR), digital music, digital video, DVDs and pictures -- with the freedom of remote control access. Currently in beta testing, Microsoft will ship Windows XP Media Center Edition to OEMs in time for the holiday shopping season in the United States, Canada and Korea. It is expected to be available in Japan in the first half of 2003.
It's not much, but here is a quick snapshot of the UI.

Also, MS has officially renamed Corona to Windows Media 9 Series. In conjunction with Microsoft, Pioneer Electronics will be releasing the DigitalLibrary, a home theater device supporting Windows Media Video technology.

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