Senior Microsoft official uses Windows Media Centers, Lifeware automation and mostly off-the-shelf technologies for 11,000-square-foot home.
House Mode
Entertainment Center
The Arts Scene
Virtual Museum
One-Touch Scenes
Back-Up Light Switches
Whole House Music
Thermostat Control
Security
Baby Cam
Weather Report
Media Center Rack
Cloning Content
Home Theater Projector
Big Screen Experience
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Media Center Rack

The home has four Lifemedia servers from Lifeware (left), running the automation and entertainment systems—plus lots of storage for backing up content (right). Three of the Media Centers are shared throughout the home, while the fourth is dedicated to the home theater. The shared units are accessed in remote rooms via Xbox 360s, which serve as Media Center Extenders. Almost everything you can access from a Media Center directly – recorded TV, photos, music, movies and automation scenes – is available through the Extenders. Each Media Center has four cable tuners, accommodating “basically every one that wants to watch live TV in a separate room,” the homeowner said.

Read more: Top Microsoft Exec Shows Off Media Center-Based Home