Windows Codename Fiji is the prime example of Microsoft sticking to an absurd policy when it comes down to communicating details about its products to the general public. Even at just one month from the release of Windows Fiji, the Redmond company is keeping a tight lid on all details much to the frustration of Windows Media Center users. This, especially since Fiji was released to manufacturing in July as the Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008
. However, the RTM of Windows Fiji has changed nothing for Windows Media Center end users who, with the exception of a limited pool of testers involved in the Beta development milestones of the products, are being kept completely
in the dark.
Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 RTM is Build 6.1.1000.18273, designed for implementation on top of Windows Media Center in Windows Vista RTM or Windows Vista Service Pack 1. The gold bits have been available since July 16, according to the Redmond company. But even so, Microsoft will only offer the first details on Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 on September 3.
Charlie Owen, product manager on the Media Center team, has invited users to post questions related to Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 on his blog, but indicated that no answers will be provided until next month.
"What questions do you have about the Windows Media Center TV? I can't answer or comment on any of them until the official announcements happen at CEDIA. But I can think about the answers before then. If you have specific questions about the Windows Media Center TV Pack leave them in the comments
," Owen stated.
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association Expo is scheduled to take place between September 3 and 7 in Denver. According to Mary Jo Foley
, Windows Media Center users are in rather for a nasty surprise than a treat. Windows Fiji/Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 is not a major update to Windows Media Center in Vista RTM and SP1 as the most relevant features were postponed and will be included in Windows 7. In this regard, the Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 will not deliver Direct TV and H.264 video-compression support and furthermore will be an OEM release only.