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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RE: Looks like what MS did with XP
by Yoko_T on Sat 5th May 2012 14:41 UTC in reply to "Looks like what MS did with XP"
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XP didn't ship with DVD playing capability (or any MPEG2 capability), unless one bought XPMCE (Media Center Edition). Nor did previous versions of Windows. One always had to add that capability via 3rd party players (one could also pay for a 3rd party MPEG2 codec for WMP, which gave WMP the ability to play MPEG2, but not DVD).

Only with Vista did MS began bundling MPEG2/DVD functionality. I guess they're going back to the old model. Most computers don't even ship with DVD drives anymore, so MS doesn't want to eat the MPEG2 licencing fees. (As a practical matter, OEMs will likely bundle DVD software players with their computers that do have DVD drives; that's how it was for XP, Win98, etc; OEMs bundled DVD player apps, MS did not.)

Some MS fanboys on TheVerge claim that saving the license fees will drop the price of Windows 8 to the consumer, but I think MS will just take the savings and add that to their profit margin.

Really? What are these machines? Lame PC Gaming Ones?

Every Laptop and Desktop I see in Walmart and other places like Best Buy ship with either a Blueray or DVD drive, even the ones in the $300-$400 price range.

Let me know who are selling these machines with out a drive so I can tell people to stay the hell away from them.

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