Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2012 18:16 UTC
Windows While it's technically a regression, and while it will surely make those of us who remember having to install DVD support on Linux from third-party repositories smile, it's still a major change and a sign of things to come: Windows 8 will ship without support for DVD and Blu-ray playback.
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by cosmotic on Fri 4th May 2012 19:23 UTC
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A lot of the alternatives posters are suggesting are illegal (not that they should be). I can't imagine Microsoft is shipping Windows 8 without MPEG2/4/H264/AVC, which is likely the vast majority of the license costs for DVD and Blueray playback. Maybe Microsoft has a video store they plan on launching with Windows 8 and this is some way to encourage users to rent/buy videos directly from Microsoft.

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