The average selling price (ASP) of a Windows machine has also jumped "significantly" this year, in the firm's estimation, from $433 to $477. That could be due in part to touch-screen laptops, which generally retail at a premium to their non-touch siblings
The only one who benefitted from the drop of the DVD codecs is MS. Customers pay the same (or more) without any benefit from this move. In fact, they get now advertizing shoved in the face in an OS they bought for their hard earned money instead of a price reduction.
The lack of the codecs was sort-of ok while the short-lived special upgrade offer was still in place and you were able to get the media pack for free, but now it's unexcusable. Bring them back with blue.