Top Microsoft Exec Shows Off Media Center-Based Home
Senior Microsoft official uses Windows Media Centers, Lifeware automation and mostly off-the-shelf technologies for 11,000-square-foot home.
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December 29, 2008 by Julie Jacobson

In this case, if someone in the living room records the HBO special to Media Center 1, the command is “cloned” to Media Center 2, which would then record the same show. The show would be available on (virtually) any TV in the home.

The good news is that the successor of the Vista operating system, Windows 7, will enable such a service fairly simple, freeing users from having to download special software and/or write special code. (Read more: With Windows 7, Media Center is All About the TV)

What’s Next for the Home?
The Microsoft exec now is working to tie IP-based communications into the whole-house system.

For example, when the baby cries in its far-away room, the sound would trigger the whole-house audio system to broadcast a message to that effect, and flip on the TVs to the baby cam.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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