The article makes it like Microsoft won't allow any 3rd party extenders to work with WMC8. That's not what I read at all. First of all, change to the protocol happens with all major OS releases and should be expected. Aall the 3rd party extenders with the exception of Echo are discountinued products. So, no one would expect any update from them. However, Ceton has said they will work on compatibility with Win8 for Echo. As long as Microsoft is willing to cooperate, I'm pretty sure it can be done.