Microsoft has announced some more changes that are going to be applicable on the Windows 8 edition.
The company said that the basic editions of Windows 8 would not support DVD playback.
Interested users would be able to upgrade to Media Center Pack to get the support if they need it.
The logic is simple. Optical drives are disappearing from computers. And even then, fewer people are actually using DVD movies on their computers. And there are tons of free software out there that provide the same functionality. Almost all DVD drives out there comes with some video playback software or the other.
Microsoft wants to cut the costs of license royalties that they have to pay for supporting these technologies. Microsoft said:
On the PC, these online sources are growing much faster than DVD & broadcast TV consumption, which are in sharp decline (no matter how you measure—unique users, minutes, percentage of sources, etc.). Globally, DVD sales have declined significantly year over year and Blu-ray on PCs is losing momentum as well. Watching broadcast TV on PCs, while incredibly important for some of you, has also declined steadily. These traditional media playback scenarios, optical media and broadcast TV, require a specialized set of decoders (and hardware) that cost a significant amount in royalties. With these decoders built into most Windows 7 editions, the industry has faced those costs broadly, regardless of whether or not a given device includes an optical drive or TV tuner.
Sadly, these savings are unlikely to be passed on to the end user.