Edit: I've locked the thread from further comments. The conversation got out of control with such negativity that it ceased to be helpful to those involved or the community.

Niall Ginsbourg posted this the other day…

“…unless you’re after some pretty specific (and less than useful) changes offered in the Win7 incarnation of this SDK – my best advice to developers would be to completely give this SDK a miss – and instead revert back to Vista Media Center SDK /along with Vista Dev platform (if you do plan on persisting with Media Center development).”

Bad advice. I mean really, really bad.

Windows 7 is generally accepted by the industry as a whole to be much better than Windows Vista. By the time all is said and done it will sell loads more copies and be much more prevalent than Windows Vista. The Windows Media Center platform has quite a few improvements for Media Center Markup Language (MCML) and the Managed Code Object Model which gives you the most seamless and elegant chance to have a great experience.



Categories: Software Development Kit | Windows 7 | Windows Media Center | Comments [10] | # | Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 1:48:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

The Windows Media Center team posted the RTM version of the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit 6.0 for Windows 7 to the following location.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/6/6C6B665D-6240-4958-A028-A944B8BD6860/WindowsMediaCenterSDK6.msi

You can leave feedback here or chat about it over at http://discuss.mediacentersandbox.com.

Kudos goes to Niall Ginsbourg for breaking the news.



Categories: Software Development Kit | Windows 7 | Windows Media Center | Comments [1] | # | Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 9:24:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

We just posted the release candidate of the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit 6.0 for Windows 7 – same url as the beta release:

[Hyperlink Removed] The RC release has been superseded by the RTM release. Visit this post for the download location.

You can leave feedback here or chat about it over at http://discuss.mediacentersandbox.com.

Note to developers: For all intents and purposes we are done with Windows 7 – if you want to report issues (application compatibility or otherwise) you should immediately grab the Windows 7 Release Candidate and this SDK and test, test, test – last call! :-)



Categories: Software Development Kit | Windows 7 | Windows Media Center | Comments [3] | # | Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 12:24:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

This has been available for beta testers via Connect for a while now and we *finally* got it posted for everyone else.

[Hyperlink Removed] The RC release has been superseded by the RTM release. Visit this post for the download location.

And for those of you who are interested in working with the WTV format we introduced last year…

Consumption of a WTV file in DirectShow
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc963726.aspx

You can leave feedback here or chat about it over at http://discuss.mediacentersandbox.com.



Categories: Software Development Kit | Windows 7 | Windows Media Center | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 6:50:40 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

The day after the geek dinner Scott Hanselman and I sat down to chat about developing for Windows Media Center for Hanselminutes 82. The result is a pretty nice introduction to what you need for development, the tools included in the SDK, some of the samples which are included in the SDK and some basic beginner concepts. I posted is a detailed list of links which corresponds to the various topics we covered during the podcast over on Sandbox at http://blog.mediacentersandbox.com/Hanselminutes82DevelopmentForMediaCenter.aspx.



Categories: Podcast | Software Development Kit | Windows Media Center | Comments [1] | # | Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 4:28:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   

Update: I just read this post in my news aggregator and some of the formatting didn't make the translation. For best evaluation you should probably look at this post in your web browser at http://blog.retrosight.com/DocumentationWhichDoYouLikeBetter.aspx.

I'm willing to bet Jeff Atwood has an opinion about this given his recent post Escaping From Gilligan's Island. We've been having an internal debate on how to best document steps to create applications -- mostly so folks find it easy to get it right the first time (hence the hat tip to Jeff's post).

I'd like to get your opinion on which of the following set of steps you find easier to follow (A or B) -- these steps are based on the Visual C# 2005 Express Edition Integrated Design Environment if you would like to try them out for real.

A - Create a strong name key file and add to the project assembly

1.       In the Solution Explorer pane, right-click the project and click Properties.

2.       Click the Signing tab, select the Sign the assembly check box.

3.       In the Choose a strong name key file list, click New.

4.       In the Key file name box, type a name.

5.       Optionally, select the Protect my key file with a password check box and enter a password for the key file.

6.       Click OK.

7.       On the File menu, click Save All.

8.       On the Build menu, click Build Solution to build the project assembly with the strong name key file.

B - Create a strong name key file and add to the project assembly

1.       Select the project in the Solution Explorer pane.

2.       Select View > Property Pages from the menu.

3.       In the Properties window:

a.       Select the Signing tab.

b.      Check the box labeled Sign the assembly.

c.       Click on the Choose a strong name key file drop-down list and select <New...>.

d.      In the Create Strong Name Key dialog:

                                                               i.      Enter a key file name

                                                             ii.      Optionally provide a password for the key file.

                                                            iii.      Click OK.

4.       Select File > Save All from the menu.

5.       Select Build > Build Solution from the menu to build the project assembly with the strong name key file.



Categories: Media Center SDK Code Sample | Software Development Kit | Windows Media Center | Comments [7] | # | Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 5:53:03 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   
In DVR Feature I'm Waiting For Michael Gartenberg is floating the following concept...
"What I want is to be able to start recording a series and tell the DVR to record every episode of a given season and then to sort them, not on the day they were recorded on the DVR but rather, on the day they were broadcast. The guide would be smart enough to fill in episodes as they are shown, no matter when they are shown. All this info is readily available (I can even see in most DVR guides the original broadcast date but can't sort on it.)"
My wife is a Law & Order fanatic (all flavors, SVU, CI, etc.) and she has wanted this *and* the ability to only record episodes she has not seen in the past.

I'm pretty sure both of these would be doable with our platform -- I'll have to look into this further. Maybe one of the community devs over at http://discuss.mediacentersandbox.com/forums would like to take on this project and make Michael's dreams come true.



Categories: DVR | Windows Media Center | Software Development Kit | Comments [3] | # | Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 6:39:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)   
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