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Update: Microsoft Offers Explanation For Removing DVD Support From Windows 8

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Microsoft has spoken up in defense of its decision to drop DVD playback support as standard across Windows 8, saying that it was done for benefit of the users.

DVD Support Was Taken Away From Windows 8 To Remain Fair To The Customer, Says Microsoft

Microsoft has issued a statement defending its decision to drop DVD playback support as default from Windows 8. According to them, the licensing limitations on the technology would be unfair to consumers who were buying Ultrabooks and tablets that would not be using a DVD drive in the first place. Microsoft seems to have been forced to speak up almost, thanks to the strong backlash that the company faced as the news spread through the internet.

Not including DVD playback as default on Windows has two effects — one positive and possibly negative. The first one is what Microsoft is concentrating on at the moment. By dropping DVD support as standard across Windows 8, Microsoft made the OS itself somewhat cheaper. This is because if it is a standard feature, each copy of Windows 8 will carry a licensing cost with it. So instead, Microsoft has made it a part of the Windows Media Center package that has to be bough separately.

This is the second effect where the users are crying foul, saying that Microsoft is forcing them to spend extra to buy media playback capabilities. But that is not entirely true. Users will still be able to use third-party players with DVD playback support and some of the best ones are free-to-use such as the VLC player. Additionally, DVD manufacturers might also include software for playing the DVD back that the user does not have to pay for.

Microsoft spoke of Windows 7, where DVD support was available on every version excepting the Starter Edition and Home Basic. “That means royalties related to DVD playback in Windows 7 have been paid broadly, regardless of whether or not the PC has an optical drive” — said Steven Sinofsky of Microsoft.

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Published: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 Last Modified: May 9, 2012

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