I assume you are talking about Chromecast and not Kodi. Chromecast is designed as a streaming solution, it does not have much local storage. However, you can combine a Chomecast with a media/file server and serve local video and audio content. Plex is one example here.
Anyway, for many people, the Internet is a DVR. Combing illegal and what is increasingly legal streaming sources, you can find pretty much everything in existence on the Internet, removing the need for recording TV yourself.
Of course Chromecast is not going to do everything a full on DVR can do, but find me a DVR that costs $35 and draws 5W of power. It's also trivial to set up and use - it's just a stick you plug into your TV. Any DVRs like that? These are features, important features, of a solution like Chromecast. Especially the cost - $35 - don't underestimate that. Few people have a desire to blow hundreds of dollars on a HTPC. It's a small market. The point of the matter is there isn't much of a market for software of your requirements. And this small market is already competitive - with other solutions like Kodi. Taken all this in, it should not be surprising on why Microsoft is killing WMC.
Kodi (formerly known as Xbox Media Center) ate the hobbyist market for media center. Which was never really all that big to begin with. The whole HTPC thing is very niche.
Why? For $35 you can get a Chromecast that takes approximately 90 seconds to set up, >5W of power (it doesn't even need to be plugged into a wall), and can stream video and music from a local media server, YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, etc. And this is a product that already had years to reach strong market penetration.
Tunneling, sure, but tunneling alone won't give you the ability to tunnel applications. That works for X Windows because X Windows is built on a wire protocol. I could see tunneling an RDP session, but a lot more would have to change to allow for tunneling of individual applications. I would not expect to see this capability any time soon.
Maybe future Windows will support X11 or Wayland. MacOS X can tunnel X11 applications but not Cocoa.
Btw, I've been using Cygwin's implementation of SSH server for ages.
Wondering why it's reject when Telnet server remains there for ages... it couldn't be for security reason.
Also, will the shell and applications run under SSH server run in Session 0 or a new session? Will it just allow EXE files compiled and marked to run with console subsystem? It'd be interesting to see the details releasing.
I suspect it will open a new session as if you ran Powershell locally under whatever user you are SSH'ing as. Anything else would feel a little strange.
What would be interesting is if you will be able to tunnel GUI applications through Windows's version of SSH.
I understand it might sound bizarre to say "Windows supports SSH", because SSH is typically associated with Unix-like operating systems. But it's really no different then saying "MacOS X supports SSH".
I don't see anything misleading at all. Windows describes more then just its kernel. PowerShell is modern Windows's bundled shell. A shell is an integral part of an operating system. SSH client/server is a normal process on all operating systems I am aware of. This puts Windows at the same level of SSH support as any other operating system that supports SSH.
Apparently this was proposed years earlier but was rejected by Microsoft's management.
That's what SSH is for! Anyway, even in the window where you can do something on a laptop (1) that doesn't need a cluster but (2) requires something better then what is already very decent specs of the Macbook - I still would take the 2x less computational performance over lugging around my heavy Macbook Pro. I never liked the Air though, because of the screen. Screen resolution is not something you can SSH into. The Macbook has a Retina display!
I mean did you ever play with this thing? It makes 10 inch Chromebooks look like heavy/bloated bricks in comparison. It has a very nice design too, feels really sturdy.
I like how small and light they are, seem like a perfect travel laptop (which IMO is the point of a laptop).