Windows 8 comes with many new features and provisions for the Windows users. But, the fact that Windows 8 won’t play DVDs is, more or less, a fallout. However, it doesn’t mean that you can never play DVDs in Windows 8, because this is possible if you buy an extra upgrade for the Windows 8 operating system, announced Microsoft. In order to play DVDs, users should either pay to upgrade to the ‘Media Center’ or download extra 3rd party software to play the DVD movies.
No built in Media Center in Windows 8
It was announced by Microsoft beforehand that Windows 8, unlike Windows 7, won’t come with Media Center software packaged into it as a standard. This move to exclude the DVD player was claimed to be the decline in use of television and DVD in computers. It is a true fact indeed. The official Building Windows 8 blog claims that Microsoft will have to spend a significant amount in royalties for offering support for optical media in future software. However, the support for online media shall be included in Windows 8 operating system including certain industry standards like, AAC, VC-1, H.264, MP4, MP3, WMA, Dolby Digital Plus codecs and PCM.
Also, the new ‘ultrabook’ computers which Microsoft and Intel see as increasingly adopting the Windows 8 operating system also do not have built in DVD drives; it is also to be noted that connecting external drives are becoming rare. Windows 8 will be running on tablets with some cool new Windows 8 drivers, which again, do not have DVD drives. The Media Center features TV recording and access to certain online video-on0demand services. So Microsoft says that cost will be kept “marginal”. In any case, Media Center was used by just 6 % of Windows 7 users from the data.
Windows Media Center is going to be made available to Windows 8 users through the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel. This will ensure that those customers who are interested in Media Center will get it conveniently. However, there will be Windows Media Player in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For the playback of optical discs, Windows 8 will rely on many Windows 8 drivers in the market giving great experiences for DVD and Blu-ray. Thank you!