May 04, 2012

What do you think about Microsoft's decision not to support DVD playback in Windows 8?

Microsoft has apparently decided that offering DVD playback was too expensive for Windows 8, so if you want to watch a movie on DVD you have to purchase an additional DVD playback function for Windows Media Center. Do you think this is MS being smart and recognizing that DVD is a (possibly) fading format, or do you find this an annoying way to milk a few extra dollars out of consumers. I may be an old school laptop user, but when I go on trips I always take a DVD or two to watch for those times I'm stuck waiting on a flight or client and don't have internet access, which is often the case in the small airports I fly in and out of.


I guess they have a point that people are probably more likely to watch Netflix or Hulu or YouTube or whatever than a DVD.  But I like to go to the park on the weekend and evenings, and do a mix of work and play.  One of my simple pleasures in life is to sit under a tree on a beautiful day and read or watch a movie.  I can read, but I need DVD playback to watch a movie unless it is downloaded.  I use the excellent (and free) VLC player on all of my  machines, and it supports DVD playback, so a solution for old school DVD fans is just a free download away.  VLC play also has the benefit of being a better player than Windows Media Player, in my humble.


It comes down to how much it will costs to add the capability for MS.  A couple of dollars for each copy of Windows 8 would add up to serious money.  Since there is a free alternative already available, this is a "meh" loss to me.  But a lot of Average Joes and Great Aunt Marthas might not seek out the free alternatives, so I'm sure there will be quite a few people who aren't happy about this, no matter how much economic sense it makes for MS.

I had a whole bunch of DVDs, and I gave them away to a friend. I have no use for DVDs at this point. They are on their way out. Between streaming, downloads and blu-ray, I cannot see much of a future for DVDs.

So this is probably a good move on Microsoft's part, but they are bound to anger those who are still holding onto their DVDs. It was bound to happen, sooner or later though.
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