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PLACE SHIFT: WebGuide4 now available free for all Windows Media Center users
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 07.09.07 - 18:09:56 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 22032x
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Ok, if you are a frequent reader of the::unwired you know that I'm a big fan and heavy user of Ascii Express' WebGuide4 and it looks like someone in Redmond is or was a big fan as well since WebGuide4 is that missing piece of software Microsoft should put into Windows Vista when it was released. Well, there are two good news: Doug Berrett, the man behind WebGuide4 just announced that he recently finalized a business deal with Microsoft to make WebGuide4 available to users for free. This means, if you own a Windows XP Media Center or Windows Vista Media Center, you can get it free of charge now to stream and place shift your live TV, your videos and DVDs as well as view your photos and listen your music, from virtually any Internet connected PC as well as Internet connected Windows Mobile device.

Furthermore, Doug announced that he's joining Microsoft to become a member of the Media Center team. Actually he will focus on pushing Media Center into the high-end custom installation market. The custom installation market is a terrific incubator for new ideas and technologies that will eventually benefit the larger Media Center community.

The bad news is, that since he will be busy doing that, he won't be able creating new features for WebGuide nor continue the current development. He will continue to monitor the Forums, make comments and provide updates for significant bugs but we shouldn't expect any feature updates in the near future.

Anyway, as of today, WebGuide4 is pretty robust, definitely worth to give it a try if you own a Windows Media Center PC since it unwires all your Media Center content and makes you Windows Mobile device an even better "Portable Media Center" (incl. live TV streaming).

Congrats Doug, you definitely deserved it and I'm sure you will work hard to make the Windows Media Center even better, which comes to the benefit for all of us Windows Media Center users. It was a pleasure to work with you on WebGuide4 and sharing ideas!

Cheers ~ Arne

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