Boxee Officially Kills Off Desktop Apps

Brad Chacos

Yesterday, Boxee made good on a promise it made the day after Christmas; it yanked all traces of the Boxee PC, Mac and Ubuntu clients from its website. Back then, the company announced it was abandoning the desktop in favor of the set top Boxee Box and mobile applications. Plenty of long-time PC users cried foul, but it did no good: Boxee for the desktop is officially gone.

GigaOm received confirmation from Andrew Kippen, Boxee's marketing VP, that the Boxee PC app was going the way of the dodo. Why ditch the desktop? The answer lies in the original blog post announcing its upcoming death :

While there are still many users who have computers connected to their TVs, we believe this use case is likely to decline as users find better alternatives. People will continue to watch a lot of video on their computer, but it is more likely to be a laptop than a home-theater PC and probably through a browser rather than downloaded software .

So there you have it: browser streaming killed the stand-alone media center star. Rumors of its demise may be greatly exaggerated, however, with options like Plex, XBMC and Windows Media Center waiting in the wings to take Boxee's place on your PC. Also, you can still snag Boxee at Download.com , but we'd recommend you hurry if you decide to take that (unsupported) route; you never know when it'll disappear.

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