Originally Posted by assassin
Pandora and Hulu can work inside WMC now.
Amazon likely never will work on either because it uses its own proprietary player.
I just think that, perhaps, some haven't really maximized what WMC and Win7 can do now.
You're missing the point. Amazon can easily write their own application/player for Metro, and the chances are MUCH greater of them doing that than of them writing a Media Center plugin.
Another example: I currently have to use the no longer supported Boxee application to get MLB.tv using Media Center. Half the time, Boxee doesn't load the feeds properly and just crashes. Meanwhile, MLB has an application for every other device under the sun. I'd much rather have a direct link on my Start Screen (AKA in Metro) to a Metro MLB.tv app than have to use the crappy integration I'm using now.
I realize that you've spent a ton of time perfecting Media Center for your systems, but almost all customization in it at this point involves hacking things together, sometimes editing resource files, and sometimes using plugins to launch shortcuts to other programs. This just isn't an option to a general user, and to some of us here it gets a little frustrating to have to use third-party solutions and hacks to get things to work properly. (At least, that's my opinion.) Streaming media is pretty poor in WMC, and you can tape things up to work okay, but it's just not nearly as good as it should be in 2012.
Windows 8 on the other hand is already a well designed 10 foot interface, just like Media Center is. However, it is completely customizable. You can literally move and group and hide and add ANYTHING you want, without having to do registry editing, resource hacking, maybe rely on an unsupported program to do the resource hacking for you (Media Center Studio), and of course, run another program at every boot of the computer just so that your edits don't get overwritten (MCSfix).
Application support is definitely an unknown at this point, but I suspect that since the only way to get into the Windows Store is to write a Metro app, that we'll be getting a ton of them, including apps for the streaming support that Media Center is currently so far behind on.
Finally, MCML served its purpose okay, but it didn't catch on at all. You can probably count the number of MCML developers on your fingers. The Metro / WinRT SDK is far more powerful and uses programming languages that developers are already much more familiar with.
I've said this in the past, but really in my mind the perfect solution is to break up Media Center similar to what the OP is saying. Get rid of the Media Center front page, so that you're not jumping back and forth between two different UIs that serve the same purpose. And then put LiveTV, RecordedTV, and Guide on the Metro Start Screen, and let me use whatever Metro apps I want to add any other functionality I need.
It'd be a million times better than the kludged together solution I have now. Don't get me wrong, it's working perfectly for local media, but it's a joke for anything online.