Microsoft has announced that they are not going to integrate any DVD playback abilities into the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Company officially made the announcement through their blog today explaining that they had to remove this ability from the system due to the cost of licensing DVD playback codecs.
“These traditional media playback scenarios, optical media and broadcast TV, require a specialized set of decoders (and hardware) that cost a significant amount in royalties. With these decoders built into most Windows 7 editions, the industry has faced those costs broadly, regardless of whether or not a given device includes an optical drive or TV tuner.” Microsoft employees Bernardo Caldas and Linda Averett explained in the blog, “Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. 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.”
According to Microsoft, most of the Windows users are using online sources like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix to watch movies and videos. So they think this is a wise idea. Well, you will still have Third party support to help you play a DVD. But this move shows how cheap Microsoft is becoming. I mean its not what I was expecting to see from Windows 8.