, DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

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That makes sense but it also raises the broader question of what's happening to the desktop? Is it dead or are we just waiting until Windows 9 for desktop improvements? If the latter then will the DVD codecs return with Windows 9 or are they assuming DVDs in desktops dead even though they still ship with them today?

New Mac desktops are shipping without DVD drives already. They led the way on systems without floppy drives as well.

Gives it a few years, and I think 95% of new desktops won't have optical drives. At least in those parts of the world that have decent internet connections.