Every once in a while, I am asked about what happened to the Portable Media Center. At the MVP Summit, we were given an answer when we asked about it, but since I had not heard about it through official means, I didn't want to blog about it. Now that I've found something public, I can discuss it. Here is an announcement that was posted by David Bono, a Microsoft employee, in the microsoft.public.windows.mediacenter.portable newsgroup.
Microsoft is no longer licensing the PMC software. Here is an announcement that was sent out last year to our PMC partners:
In early 2006, Microsoft released the second version of Windows Mobile for Portable Media Centers to our partners. The second version of the Portable Media Center software enhanced the end user experience and enabled partners to build smaller, less expensive and more competitive devices.
As part of the ongoing review of our product investments, we have decided to take what we have learned from our investments in Portable Media Center and focus our product and marketing resources on building media experiences on connected Windows Mobile powered devices.
With the re-investment of resources in media experiences on connected Windows Mobile powered devices, Portable Media Center 2.0 is the last version of our Portable Media Center software under the Windows Mobile brand. We do not plan any future Portable Media Center software upgrades or marketing activities.
Thank you for all your support- Microsoft is proud of its work, the work of its partners and the devices and services delivered as a result of
those relationships. We will continue to work with existing Portable Media Centers licensees to ensure that devices they are developing come to market.
To summarize, the Portable Media Center platform is dead, but the fruits of the labours of that platform should be visible in future Windows Mobile-based products. This might be old news to some, but I don't recall it being announced with much fanfare (not that discontinued products generally tend to be front page news), so for those that were wondering about Portable Media Center and its future, hopefully this brings some closure to this issue.
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