, jinx101 wrote

Sure, they removed it because of cost.. but think about it, Windows 8 is tailored for tablets and not desktop users... tablets don't have DVD players, hence, drop the codec because MS isn't focusing on the desktop, this is just another illustration of that mentality.

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?