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An independent Media Center community, The Green Button (named after the signature home button on a Media Center remote control), was so successful that it was purchased by Microsoft in 2008.
The Media Center interface was groundbreaking, and its DNA is still present in the Windows 10 user experience.
So what are the alternatives for enthusiasts who are still convinced that Media Center on a Windows PC is the best solution for the living room?
The simplest answer is to stick with Windows 7 (or Windows 8.1 with the Media Center Pack add-on) and forgo the free Windows 10 upgrade completely.
He added, in two follow-up tweets, "If you have WMC now, we'll have a DVD option for you in an update later this year...
The main scenario people used WMC for was to play DVD.
If you aren't afraid to roll your sleeves up and learn the ins and outs of a new platform, Media Portal comes recommended.
We were wrong, but that’s about to change for the better!
For those concerned about being able to play back recorded TV programs on Windows 10 without the Media Center add-on, try installing VLC from the Windows Store.
On a clean install of Windows 10 it had no problems playing back files saved in the Windows TV (.wtv) format.
Meanwhile, any Media Center fans who need a little closure (and maybe a chance to vent) are welcome to meet me in the comments below, where fond remembrances and eulogies are welcome.
Update: When we initially posted this article it seemed like it would be mostly good news for Windows Media Center fans.
Microsoft grudgingly offered an extra-cost Windows Media Center Pack add-on for Windows 8, which installed the required codecs and Media Center features to that version, but it was a straight port that included no new functionality.