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Microsoft Says Media Center Will Be An Upgrade Only With Windows 8

     
3:55 pm on May 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Says Media Center Will Be An Upgrade Only With Windows 8 [news.cnet.com]
"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)," Microsoft wrote in a blog post today. "Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support."


No DVD playback support, either.
8:01 am on May 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ed Bott explained this as well:
If VLC can ship a free DVD player, why can't Microsoft? [zdnet.com]

Microsoft’s decision to remove support for playing DVD movies in Windows 8 has caused some confusion. If the VLC media player can provide DVD support for free, why can’t Microsoft? For starters, Microsoft isn’t French.
 

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