That article is from July, and I believe some changes were made. If I bought a notebook with Win 8 (starter or basic, for lack of a better name) I could buy the pro pack to upgrade my machine to PRO with media center. So it stands to reason that a OEM PRO full install (or Upgrade to Win8 pro from XP, Vista or W7) will include Media Center. Then again, I will wait until I have the Product in my hand and see what it says. If you purchased an upgrade to the basic Win8 version and then find out you need to spend more for media center, you won't be happy. perhaps this is why all the $15 Pro upgrades were being promoted for recent Win7 machines. The only difference I can determine from the NewEgg site (even when using the Compare feature) is that the Pro Pack does not include the Upgrade media that is included in the PRO upgrade for the same $$$.