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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modmans2ndcoming
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2005-11-09

Win8 is one giant WMC ready OS. No one used WMC in older editions really and Internet TV sucked ass.

No DVD play back? no big deal... I stream all my media from my media server and the internet and use specialty devices like Roku for that.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I take it you haven't watched Internet TV lately? ALL the major shows and TONS of classics, all free for the user. in fact one of the easiest way to sell a customer on getting a Win 7 HP unit over a Starter one is simply firing up Internet TV and showing them all the free content. hell I'm watch Star trek TAS right now on Internet TV, forgot how fun that show was.

Sadly I think its just further proof that Ballmer wants to be the head of Apple so bad it hurts and thinks he can "monetize" all the Windows users with an appstore that charges for every single show WHILE giving them some commercials to boot. like I said i have a feeling come Nov I'll be wiping Win 8 machines and piling up Win 8 OEM discs just as I did with Vista as it really isn't gonna fly. Hell you have a Win 7 laptop with HDMI and Wifi you have an instant HTPC when not on the go, when I go visit my dad i'll bring along my win 7 netbook for just that reason, as we visit we can watch some A-team or NCIS together, its really nice.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I take it you haven't watched Internet TV lately? ALL the major shows and TONS of classics, all free for the user. in fact one of the easiest way to sell a customer on getting a Win 7 HP unit over a Starter one is simply firing up Internet TV and showing them all the free content. hell I'm watch Star trek TAS right now on Internet TV, forgot how fun that show was.

Sadly I think its just further proof that Ballmer wants to be the head of Apple so bad it hurts and thinks he can "monetize" all the Windows users with an appstore that charges for every single show WHILE giving them some commercials to boot. like I said i have a feeling come Nov I'll be wiping Win 8 machines and piling up Win 8 OEM discs just as I did with Vista as it really isn't gonna fly. Hell you have a Win 7 laptop with HDMI and Wifi you have an instant HTPC when not on the go, when I go visit my dad i'll bring along my win 7 netbook for just that reason, as we visit we can watch some A-team or NCIS together, its really nice.


I couldn't agree more in regards to internet TV (though OSNews wouldn't let me +rep despite your comment only being 48hrs old ;) )

Plus with Apple and their media centre, Linux with it's plethora of media centres (not least of all the XBMC distros) and Windows now moving away from that market, I'm starting to wonder who MS are targetting:

* if people want tablets, they'll either buy a cheap Android tablet or splash out a little more for an iPad (if you excuse the huge generalisation there). Apps are king so few people will want to go with a relatively new platform - at least not now that the market has matured.

* if people want a laptop or desktop PC then they want the full WIMP environment - not some hacky touch screen tablet OS GUI.

* and these days people are building media centres / HTPCs. XBMC have made their offering very easy to install and use. Apple have released desirable products too as well as pre-bundled suite, and even Ubuntu is soon to be getting in on the act with Ubuntu TV. Windows, however, is taking a step backwards and almost trying to exclude their customers from such features.

The more I read about the direction both Windows and OS X are heading, it makes me glad I jumped ship to Linux. Yeah the platform isn't without it's faults and yeah it can take longer to get a working platform depending on your distro of choice. But at least I have flexibility and freedom to use the OS the way I want to use it and without pre-imposed wall gardens introduced purely to squeeze yet more money out of software developers and consumers alike.

Edited 2012-05-08 08:15 UTC

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