Lots of stuff going around on Fiji, and while I can’t say as
much as I’d like too I can say that no single person has put all the pieces
together yet. Word is that Fiji final name is indeed Windows Media Center
TV Pack, and useless a separate product pops up out of nowhere I’d consider
that pretty concrete. Microsoft let that bit slip themselves by releasing a few knowledge
base articles specifically about the TV Pack.
Now, I still can’t say much about it because of various
different NDAs, but I can say there are still pieces missing from people
accounts of how this is going to work and/or what is included in the
update. Good or bad however, I can’t say so you will have to wait. Microsoft
has hinted that the official announcement for Fiji will come at CEDIA in
On to what I can say, this beta has been a disaster if you
look at it with an outside perspective. I am very disappointed on how
many people are leaking stuff, and if you thought a two year wait for a public
beta was long for Fiji I’d suggest you not get your hopes up about testing
anything else related to Media Center in the future. Based on the
disregard of the testers I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft cut out a public
beta until everything is finalized for the next release. You can thank
your fellow beta testers for screwing you out of a possible opportunity.
I’m also very disappointed at the collective attitude of The
Green Button. Not because Fiji might be OEM only, not because it might be
missing DIRECTV support, not because of any included or missing feature but
instead because of the childish name calling and activity that has gone
on. The Green Button used to be a community that pretty much moderated
itself, but of course the second I get busy at work all hell breaks loss and
people turn into name calling teenagers. You can all do better, and I
expect to see it.
Just because Microsoft bought The Green Button does not mean
they will reply to all threads about unreleased and/or unannounced
software. Everyone needs to realize this. Microsoft employees have
been being more active in the forums, and considering this ownership transition
is just starting it will take time for things to change. Those who insist
on flaming and name calling any member, Microsoft employed or not, will not be
welcome at The Green Button.
I will have more on Fiji when I can talk about it, but sadly
at this point all I can say is above.