Here are two good reviews of Microsoft’s Media Center Edition 2005:
* Thomas Hawk is underwhelmed and disappointed with MCE 2005
* GamePC gave MCE 2005 a better review, saying there were some issues with DVD playback (ie it doesn’t come installed with DVD codecs) but that it is “the best home theater product currently on the market”
Here’s the most interesting part about Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2005:
“MCE will be available for purchase as a standalone product for the first time, instead of requiring you to buy a new PC. Could be a support nightmare for MS, but good on them for expanding the availability for build-it-yourself geeks”.