Windows 10 skimped on media player codecs again
A Windows Central post Wednesday morning was almost chipper when it announced the cost of Microsoft's DVD Player app.
The company wrote, "Any Windows 10 owner can now get Microsoft's official DVD Player app for its new operating system from the Windows Store for the price of $14.99."
But that's about $14.99 too much. With only a handful of people getting a free pass on the charge, sadly, for many Windows users this will actually seem like a good deal.
PCWorld reports, "The company offered [Windows Media Center] users who upgraded to Windows 10 a free 'Windows DVD Player' Windows app that proved buggy and light on features in our brief testing."
To be clear, earlier versions of Windows did offer DVD playback capabilities baked in, but then Windows 8 was released and the company decided to save a buck by passing the cost to users.
So some may remember having to upgrade Windows 8 to the pro version for $100 before they were even given the option to pay for the Windows Media Center pack, which cost an additional $10. Only then could you watch a DVD.
There were ways around this, ways that still work on Windows 10 like VLC player, but free playback programs don't tend to support Blu-ray.
In 2012, ZDNet did the math and found that Microsoft and its OEM partners would have to spend "as much as $800 million per year" just to make DVDs playback on Microsoft users' computers.
Not that a lot of people still watch DVDs on their computers or buy DVDs at all. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, DVDs just don't make a lot of sense anymore due to cost and accessibility.
But that still doesn't make it OK for a company as big as Microsoft to not foot the bill for features its competitors include with the price of the computer.
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