On September 2, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:
At the time, I was considering the purchase of a new media PC for my family room. I have had a media PC for years now, but very seldom used the Windows Media Center to display any of the various sources of multimedia I have to choose from. I wondered if I was alone in this shunning of the Media Center software.
Since the date of this poll, I have purchased a small PC from ZOTAC ZBox to fulfill the role of multimedia PC, and I have been pleasantly surprised. Advances in technology, especially when it comes to high-definition graphics chipsets, mean that a very small box can produce a very high-quality output. However, I still don't find myself resorting to the Windows Media Center -- the Windows Desktop seems to work just as well. Judging by the poll results I am not the only one.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.