Will The Next Akai MPC Run Windows 8?

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The next Akai MPC workstation may run Windows 8, based on a sneak preview of a MPC prototype that Akai and Microsoft showcased at Microsoft’s Build 2014 – a developer conference held April 2-4 in San Francisco.

The new MPC hardware, above, looks like a bit like a modified MPC Renaissance, with a much larger screen. The OS it runs on is Windows Embedded Industry 8.1, a version of Windows 8.1 that’s designed for running custom hardware systems, rather than standard PCs. 

Here’s video from the conference that briefly features the new Akai MPC:

Note: This is an early prototype and no official announcement about the new MPC or its release date has been made.

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  1. This new mpc would be great if it could operate without a computer as well, standalone like the old mpcs. The only reason it should connect to the internet is for updates or grabbing samples from music sites online. Like if you could grab songs from iTunes directly or from your cloud of music if you have one, to chop up and sample. It should only be a musical powerhouse, nothing more. For further internet use, smart phones tablets and computers are used for that, there’s no point for all of that on an mpc.

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