Starting around 12 minutes in, Episode 257 of "Windows Weekly
" contains the following discussion about 8MC between program host Leo Laporte and Windows/Microsoft experts Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott:
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LP: Oh no, oh no -- it's an add-on pack?! Tell me it's not an add-on pack!
PT: It's an add-on pack, and you pay for it.
LP: Ohh, which means no one will buy it, because we already saw, the reason that they're deprecating it is nobody clicks on it.
PT: Actually, what they've done is guaranteed that a tiny percentage of people will ever buy it, thus proving their point that nobody uses it.
PT: It's sad, though, because unfortunately, for better or worse, Media Center was just something that came free with Windows, so not including that as part of Windows 8 Pro is ---
LP: Well, this is worse, 'cause I mean, you can't get it on Windows 8, you can only get it on Pro?
LP: But, aren't the Windows 8 buyers... aren't they the ones who will buy Media Center?
PT: Not anymore, Leo!
LP: What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro? Besides the fact that you can buy Windows Media Center?
PT: I believe it's about a hundred dollars.
LP: No, to add insult to injury, it's a hundred bucks more AND you still have to buy Windows Media Center!
LP: They're killing it! This is killing it.
MJF: That's kind of what they wanted to do, in a way.
PT: So here's my theory about Windows Media Center: obviously, they don't want to support this. I think if they put it in Windows, that opens them up to some level of support, and some level of support for a long time, right? Because the business oriented -- that Pro version of Windows is gonna fall under their business licensing thing, and it's gonna be... supported for a decade down the road. They don't want to do that for this Media Center thing. This is an end-of-life product.
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(Later on, Thurrott speculates that by offering it as a separate pack, MS might get around the long-term business license support commitment.)