Windows 7 Media Center coming to embedded devices

Windows 7 Media Center screen shot

We love Windows 7 Media Center, but at the end of the day we’d never give one to our mom and expect it to just work the way an embedded DVR like a TiVo or a Moxi would. But dependability isn’t the only concern about using a PC as a DVR, there is noise and how it looks in the living room to consider as well. The compromise before us might just be a thing of the past as Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 Embedded has been released to manufactures and includes many of the great features of the regular Windows 7 family, like Windows Media Center. At this point there aren’t any announcements from manufactures leveraging these new found features, but in the press release Microsoft is certainly bolstering the broadcast TV and other media features in a set-top box. AOpen is the only manufacturer mention by name that we’re familiar with, which also makes good small-form-factor PCs, but that won’t stop us from dreaming of the best, easy to use and dependable whole house DVR ever.

Update: Video of Media Center on an embedded device in action after the jump.

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