For many years, users of M$’s OS have pompously touted as one of the advantages of being locked in to M$’s OS was the ability to play DVDs, “out of the box”. Well, that’s no longer going to be the case. M$ and its “partners” have a problem with small cheap computers. The licensing fees add up and since most users of PCs don’t play DVDs, including that licence in the mix is too much.
“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.
So much for all that hardware “working with” that other OS… So much for “backwards compatibility”. Times are changing.
see The Register – Windows Media DVD Playback Dead