Yesterday while discussing Windows 8 with a colleague of mine, she mentioned she heard a rumor that Microsoft was dumping DVD’s in its latest version of their operating system, Windows 8.
After some research – I found that this fact is indeed true. Microsoft announced on Thursday May 3 that DVD playback will no longer be supported by default in the new Windows 8 when it is released.
So it looks like physical discs take another hit towards extinction. This news comes on the heels of another announcement by Microsoft that Windows Media Center will not be included by default in Windows 8.
Users looking to play discs on a Windows 8 machine will either have to pay Microsoft by upgrading their copy of Windows 8 to include Windows Media Center, find a third-party alternative, or rely on device manufacturers to bundle disc playback software with new devices.
Microsoft did not say how much Windows 8’s DVD playback upgrade would cost other than to say it would be “in line with marginal costs.” In other words, the pricing shouldn’t be that expensive, but we won’t know for sure until Windows 8 ships later in 2012.
As a result of dumping Media Center by default, Windows 8 will also lose TV tuner support and DVD Video Object (VOB) file playback. But, again, you can purchase an upgrade to get these capabilities back.
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