There was a lot of hoopla around how Microsoft had stripped out Windows Media Centre from Windows 8… to the point where they relented and said OK, OK… we’ll give the MC codes away for free for the first few months…
I believe they are going to use this information to determine how popular the Media Centre is for consumers. Personally, I love it – I think it’s one of the best media products out there because it works seamlessly with my Xboxes and Plex (heck, it was the first Microsoft product to sport the interface that was the foundation for Metro and they’re banking the company on that interface!!!).
You can get your codes free here until January 31, 2013 or something (hint – maybe get more than one in case you need another one later) – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs