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||Sunday, June 26, 2005
On Friday I was at an invigorating talk given by a senior Microsoft employee who went on and on about the importance of blogs and I must admit I felt a bit guilty that I hadn't been blogging much recently so it's time to turn that around.
To start, let me tell you about what I work on... As you know I'm a program manager on the Media Center team in eHome. This means I am the 'PM owner' for a number of areas. While I didn't necessarily own these areas in Media Center 2005 I'll indicate what concrete features in that version that I'm now responsible for moving forward:
- Movies - TV Movies Portal
- DVD - DVD playback user experience
- Settings - Someone has to be the gate keeper and keep the other PMs from adding needless settings
- Accessibility - How MCE works with a screen reader and for people with limited vision
- Connecting to other PCs and content servers in the home - The 'Media Discovery' modules invoked through the context menu in Music, Pictures and Videos
- Communications - 10' Messenger and Caller ID
- Text input - The control box as well as our IMEs
- TweakMCE powertoy
And a few more areas that you will find out about soon enough :).
9:59:45 PM 
F-Stop, Dell Requiring a DVD Drive for Windows Media Center:
I was at the Dell site looking around and noticed that when I went to customize a system I had the option of upgrading to Windows Media Center – but only if the system was configured with a DVD drive. Am I reading this right – will Dell only sell Media Center with a DVD drive?
Actually, it's, us, Microsoft who requires that OEMs configure their machines with DVD players.
4:37:03 PM 
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