If you want Windows 8 to play DVDs, you'll have to pay for it
Many of us buy computers so we can watch films on them, rigging them up to projectors or simply watching films in bed on our laptops. You'd say that, alongside web-browsing and word-processing functions, it's one of the reasons why you buy a device.
Well, if you're thinking of using Windows 8, don't think you'll be watching films. That's because users will have to pay for an upgrade if you want to watch DVDs. Microsoft have announced that Windows 8 will not come packaged with the Media Center software as standard, meaning that there's now a gigantic gap in the market for third-party developers to make something that replaces it, which is free.
According to the official Building Windows 8 blog, they think that television and DVD use on computers is "in sharp decline" and that Microsoft would have to cough-up "a significant amount in royalties" to offer support for optical media in future software. So, in essence, they can't be bothered.
Bernardo Caldas wrote: “Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we've decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.”