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Windows 7: Play To feature turns your PC into a Universal Remote Control

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A few weeks before CES 2009 I sat down with Gabe Frost from the Windows team for a look at the new "Play To" feature in Windows 7.

One of the many awesome enhancements in Windows 7 is the support for Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified devices. Windows 7 will automatically find devices on your home network that are DLNA compliant (with the digital media renderer role) and allow you to right click photos, videos, recorded TV, or music and send it to another device like a Roku Sound Bridge radio, digital picture frame, or Extender for Windows Media Center (such as the Xbox 360) where it will immediately begin playing with full control.

Check out the video of Play To in action!

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  • Ray CaseyRay Casey

    Cool stuff.. But I would like to make a suggestion that we start talking less about the technology and more about how we "skin" it to give it meaning to the consumers that care less about the technology and more about "how can I turn my room into a shrine to Madonna or Bee Bop Jazz starts, or the Romantic period in music/literature".   Meaning all cool tecnology stuff you are talking about should really be translated into functional usage scenarios and not technical.. And I guess I am in the wrong place.. I am just trying to call out that I realize that Microsoft markets too much toward US, the geeks and techie, and NOT enough to consumers, the people that will use it... Egad... Please fix that... the worst consumer IS A GEEK Smiley (ok that would be me.....  )

  • Ray CaseyRay Casey

    Cool stuff.. But I would like to make a suggestion that we start talking less about the technology and more about how we "skin" it to give it meaning to the consumers that care less about the technology and more about "how can I turn my room into a shrine to Madonna or Bee Bop Jazz starts, or the Romantic period in music/literature".   Meaning all cool tecnology stuff you are talking about should really be translated into functional usage scenarios and not technical.. And I guess I am in the wrong place.. I am just trying to call out that I realize that Microsoft markets too much toward US, the geeks and techie, and NOT enough to consumers, the people that will use it... Egad... Please fix that... the worst consumer IS A GEEK Smiley (ok that would be me.....  )

  • muehlbauermuehlbauer

    Based on the timing of this video’s “discovery” of features available to the NEXT release of Windows I do not agree with your comments.  

    This video/interview is designed to define the features available in an operating system that has yet no firm date of delivery.  I agree that cool technology should be “translated into functional usage scenarios”.  However, right now?   This is unequivocally a NO.  This video was produced in the context of giving, those interested, a view on what is to come. The general consumer doesn’t even know how to use XP so of course an abstracted presentation layer will be necessary.  At this stage in the process of development to ratification prior to escrow of Windows 7 your point is made prematurely.

  • muehlbauermuehlbauer

    Based on the timing of this video’s “discovery” of features available to the NEXT release of Windows I do not agree with your comments.  

    This video/interview is designed to define the features available in an operating system that has yet no firm date of delivery.  I agree that cool technology should be “translated into functional usage scenarios”.  However, right now?   This is unequivocally a NO.  This video was produced in the context of giving, those interested, a view on what is to come. The general consumer doesn’t even know how to use XP so of course an abstracted presentation layer will be necessary.  At this stage in the process of development to ratification prior to escrow of Windows 7 your point is made prematurely.

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