May 4, 2012

Windows 8 Drops DVD Playback

Sean Hollister, writing for The Verge:

“You might have heard that Windows 8 won’t come with Media Center, but that’s not the only missing multimedia piece of the puzzle. This week, Microsoft revealed that the new operating system won’t have any kind of DVD playback, unless you specifically purchase Media Center or use third-party DVD software.”

Microsoft appears to be preparing for a future devoid of optical discs (DVDs, CDs, etc.). While they don't control the hardware that their operating systems run on, it's a good bet that the forthcoming Windows 8 tablets won't include an optical drive. Now we know their new operating system won't handle optical playback on its own, anyway.

Windows, OS X and Linux users are better off using the free, third-party VLC for their optical playback, anyway. No doubt the wizards at VideoLAN will have that tool up and running on Windows 8 shortly after it debuts.