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New Zealand Launch of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Rollup 2
Posted on 14-Oct-2005 12:42 | Tags Filed under: News



Microsoft has unveiled the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Rollup 2, its newest version of Microsoft Windows aimed at home entertainment.

Microsoft New Zealand’s Windows Client Product Manager David Rayner explains how Microsoft and key partners have come together to deliver choice in digital home entertainment experiences for consumers around the world.

“Imagine that all of your media is stored in one place and available throughout your home. You could enjoy music, photos, TV and movies in any room you like - this is the core application of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 – it’s the ultimate entertainment experience at the touch of a button,” said Rayner.

Media Center PCs - PCs equipped with Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005 - deliver the same computing consumers are used to, plus an easy-to-use integrated digital entertainment that can be enjoyed in the lounge. All digital media is in one place, accessible on either a PC monitor or TV display.

With Media Center, users can pause and rewind live TV or radio, digitally record an entire TV series or program category, watch DVDs and videos, organise and play your music collection, and showcase digital photos.

As Rayner explains, IT ‘know how’ is not a prerequisite to use this new Windows version. “For ease-of-use the Media Center has been designed with a simplified menu that can be viewed on the television screen and accessed via remote control from the comfort of your sofa. Media Center is extremely easy to navigate with simple features, making it ideal for all ages; it also has controls to restrict access to certain data, providing parents with kid safe options,” said Rayner.

The Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PC is available now in New Zealand from major retailers and local system builders. These new media-enabled PCs offer a convenient way to enjoy digital photos, music, recorded and live television, and movies. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PCs come in a wide range of styles — from devices that look like home entertainment systems to desktop PCs to laptops — and prices, all featuring the best in digital entertainment.

Extender technologies will be available for Microsoft Xbox 360 when it is released in New Zealand.




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