I hate to say it, but he’s right on all counts. And to the list I’d like to add: Xbox Live Marketplace. A great idea for distributing media content, but one that should be ported to v2 extender products, in my opinion. There’s no denying that Microsoft needs to align their various projects and get on the same page for long-term success (a good example is codec support across product lines, which Chris details here). At this point, the various inconsistencies will make it a nightmare for customers to come to a final buying decision without second guessing themselves.
Aside: Not to start a flame war, but Microsoft could have easily chosen the Apple path of only selling the Xbox 360 as their official extender product, period — and not have any partner products. Which, if Steve Jobs was running the show at Microsoft, would only support the WMA, WMV, and WMV-HD media formats (and possibly MP3 and MPEG-4, since they’re industry standards). And then everybody would be saying what a great job Steve at Microsoft is doing because everything “just works.”
This holiday season, which route are you going to take with your Vista MCE related purchases?
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