Angry? Well, you are not alone as almost all Microsoft Windows users around the world are angry and disappointed due to the company’s decision not to provide built-in DVD playback support in Windows 8. The upcoming Windows 8’s “Window Media Player” would not be able to play DVDs or Blu-rays and Windows 8 will also not be equipped with “Media Center”. The users who are interested in the DVD playback will have to purchase the “Media Center”. The move has, without any doubt, made Windows Media Center support in Windows 8 a tricky subject.
Although the company promised in the past that the new operating system would “delight media enthusiasts around the world” but that surely has been an understatement because now if Windows 8 users have the thirst to play DVD, then they would have to pay up a few extra bucks from their wallet – so much for the promised “delight” !
Microsoft said in a statement:
“For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.”
This actually isn’t the first time that Microsoft has shunned free DVD support. Back in 2006, Microsoft, likewise, announced that its Windows Media Player would no longer support DVD format. Back then, Microsoft actually felt that it was more of a wise and a safe decision to avoid unsigned drivers and copyright infringement issues, as Hollywood has always held a grudge against Microsoft due to digital copyright concerns.
However, this time the company has not taken this decision due to copyright protection. In fact, they are as a matter of fact toying with us by giving quite frankly not much of a solid reason. One of the reasons given is that, the DVDs do not make the sales anymore and because of their decline, there is no need to have any software which can support this format (they can’t be serious … right ?).
Microsoft is yet to announce the price plan but what we do know is that Windows Media Center will also allow broadcast TV recording and playback support along with many more features.
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