Web Browser For Windows Media Center

    January 31, 2006

Anthony Park has released a web browser for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

The 591kb download gives you a web browser with a ten-foot interface, and works with Media Center Extenders, essentially giving you a WebTV on your TVs, and through your Xbox 360. You can save favorites and a home page, scroll with your remote, select links and zoom in and out to improve readability.

I’ve always felt Media Center was in dire need of a browser, and I may have missed one at some point. That said, while this adds some much needed functionality to Media Center, it doesn’t do a great job of it. Page scrolling is slow. You use the channel +/- buttons to scroll through links, which takes too long (curiously, using the Page Up/Down keys do the same thing, but much faster). You can’t use the mouse, a shame for those of us with the Microsoft Remote Keyboard for MCE. And I can’t figure out how to get back to the menu bar while viewing a web page. Still, it shows great promise, if the developer continues to improve, and is worth downloading no matter what if you have an Extender, if only to check your mail.

Oh, and it uses Internet Explorer.

(via Chris Lanier)

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